SDLP local election candidate for Lisburn South, Conor Quinn, has called on Housing Minister Nelson McCausland to help create homes for 2,535 Lisburn people on the waiting list.
He said that by building an extra 4,000 houses on top of the Programme for Government plan in order to tackle Northern Ireland’s growing housing crisis.
Mr Quinn, said: “There are 41,356 people on the housing waiting list in the North. Of these, 22,414 people are in housing stress and 9,878 are defined as homeless.
“In Lisburn there are currently 2,535 people on the waiting list.
“This is a shameful state of affairs in 2014. Getting housing right is essential. It is essential for stimulating economic growth, for reviving our ailing construction industry and, on a human level, for protecting the dignity of every woman, man and child in our community. The people of Lisburn expect and deserve affordable housing.”
Mr Quinn continued: “It was disappointing that the Social Development Minister cut the new build housing targets set by the SDLP by 40%.”