Return council form or be 'terminated'

Housing crisis

Return council form or be 'terminated'
By Ian Cameron ian.cameron@dundalkdmeocrat.ie @IanAlexCameron

Those on Louth County Council's housing list must return a form to the council by 12 August or their application for a council house will be 'terminated'.

The council are set to review the eligibility of those on the housing list, and have sent out forms to those on the list, who have just over three weeks left to respond.

The Housing Needs Assessment is a review of all applicants for social housing supports who are currently on the Social Housing Waiting List.

The information provided by each applicant will be reassessed under the Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011 taking into account the applicant's eligibility and need. However the council state that “If you fail to return this information within the specified time, your application for social housing support will be terminated.”

Louth County Council will write to each applicant on its Social Housing List using the current address provided by the applicant.

However, those who may have changed address could be trouble, as the deadline for notifying the council of a change of address was on Friday past (July 22). The council told the Democrat: “You were enquiring about timeframes for returning forms and supporting documentation for the above assessment.

“Louth County Council will write on two occasions to applicants at their registered address seeking details.

“We will also run a Radio and online campaign. The onus rests with applicants to ensure that LCC have their up to date details including notifying us of any change in address”.

According to the Department’s figures 79 households in the north-east region, of whom 72 are in Louth, are homeless and living in emergency accommodation. This includes six families with 9 children. This comes as the Governments Action Plan for Housing has set the target of 47,000 new social housing homes by 2021.