There is no record of the number of people seeking affordable housing in Mayo, as there is no place where anyone can register for such housing and that’s not acceptable, according to Castlebar councillor Michael Kilcoyne.
The Independent councillor raised the matter at yesterday's monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.
He first stated that there are no affordable housing schemes at present in the county and then asked council management if it was aware of the number of people that are priced out of the private housing market in the county because they cannot secure a mortgage, and yet earn too much to qualify for social / council housing, and are left in crisis.
At present a couple can only earn about 26,000 euro a year between them in order to qualify for social/ council housing.
Many councillors expressed their concerns yesterday about the housing crisis in many parts of Mayo at present, with almost no homes available for rent.
Director of Services for Mayo County Council Tom Gilligan said that at present there are less than 40 houses to rent in county Mayo, according to the property website Daft.ie.
However, he said since average house prices in Mayo are among the cheapest nationally, the local authority is unlikely to secure government funding to build houses under any affordable housing scheme.
Cllr Kilcoyne spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the frustration that many seeking affordable housing are not being recorded on any register...