£2.2m housing boost for Cookstown

The Housing Executive
The Housing Executive

THE Housing Executive is to invest over £2.2 million in the Cookstown district this year, it’s been announced.

A total of £786,000 will be aimed at helping the most vulnerable people in the district to continue to live independently - especially important for older people and people with disabilities.

During 2012/13 the Housing Executive funded nine sheltered and supported housing accommodation based schemes and one floating support scheme.

The Social Housing Development Programme for 2013/16 proposes four schemes to deliver 29 units of general needs housing in Ballinderry, Stewartstown and Cookstown as well as a supported scheme for young people for nine units of accommodation.

The housing waiting list for Cookstown has increased from 164 applicants in housing stress at March 2012 to 176 at December 2012. Single person households continue to dominate the waiting list, according to figures.

The Housing Executive has said it will continue to work hard to provide services to support those faced with homelessness.

In relation to the Warm Homes Scheme in Cookstown last year 225 private sector homes were insulated, seven had heating installed, a further 10 had both insulation and heating installed and 37 had internal dry lining installed through the Warm Homes Scheme.”

The Housing Executive has also allocated £444,000 for private sector grant work in the Cookstown district in 2013/14.

Ivan Armstrong South West Area Manager said staff continue to provide a dedicated housing service to the Cookstown District Council area.

“District Office staff work alongside the Customer Services Unit, Accounts and Housing Benefit Units within the new South West Area and South Region. I would like to extend my thanks to the Councillors and Officers of the Cookstown District Council for their support over the past year. Housing Executive staff in the District, Area and Region look forward to continuing to work with the council on issues of mutual interest in the coming year,” he added.