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04 Oct 2022

514 social housing allocations made in Louth last year

Average waiting time varies from 1.5 years to 14.5 years

514 social housing allocations made in Louth last year

514 social housing allocations made in Louth last year

514 social housing allocations were made in Louth in 2021, with 199 being made by Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) and 315 made by Louth County Council. This is according to the response provided by Louth County Council to a question asked by Cllr Joanna Byrne on social housing allocations in the county in 2021.

Cllr Byrne asked the local authority to provide data on the number of social housing allocations made for the year 2021 and split by the following:

  • each Municipal District (MD)
  • the area of choice within each MD
  • bedroom size
  • average waiting time
  • how many of the overall number are local authority managed or VHB's
  • how many of the overall number are long term leases

In the response provided to Cllr Byrne by Director of Services, Housing and Quality of Life, Mr Paddy Donnelly, it was revealed that 278 allocations were made in Dundalk, 80 in Ardee and 156 in Drogheda.

In the Dundalk MD, the vast bulk of the 278 allocations were 3 bed units, with 131 allocations made. 95 were two bed units, 31 four bed units, 19 one bed and two were five bed units. Of the 80 allocations made in Ardee MD, 43 were three bed units, 23 two bed units, ten one bed units and four four bed units.

Mr Donnelly said that the average waiting time varies from 1.5 years to 14.5 years in all three MD's. Choice Based Letting (CBL) allocations are based on the length of time on the list and vary depending on the interest in a particular unit, meaning Mr Donnelly said, that an applicant could be on the list for eg 12 years and not express and interest and an applicant could be on the list for two years and be successful.

Finally, 30 of the 514 allocations made in 2021 were long term leases.

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