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KCC Issues Statement In Reponse To Kfm Interview With Mother Pleading For A New Home.

: 11/01/2018 - 13:56

Kildare County Council says it accords homes to those on the social housing waiting list based on the duration of time applicants have been waiting.

Its in response to a plea by Newbridge mother, Lynn Walsh, for a home where her 10 year old daughter can receive the care she needs.

Jessica Walsh lives with Rhett's Syndrome, and is receiving palliative care

She, her mother Lynn and her 14 year old brother, live in a two storey rented home in Newbridge.

Mother, Lynn, has had to buy a paddling pool to bathe her daughter in the dining room, as its too dangerous to carry her up the stairs.

Home care agency staff say they cannot provide the care Jessica needs in the house, as it is not appropriately modified.

Lynn has made representations to Kildare County Council and has been told she is on a "list".

Kildare County Council's statement, in full, is:

'Kildare County Council is not in a position to comment on individual cases, however, in general terms; Kildare County Council's Allocation Scheme for Social Housing is based on time on the list. The scheme does allow for priority status to be afforded to applicants having regard to criteria set out in the scheme; this includes a priority on exceptional medical/compassionate grounds. Where applicants have been afforded a priority, this will be considered in conjunction with time on the list with regard to allocation of social housing. The time taken to allocate a social house to an applicant will be determined, in some respects, by the area[s] of preference they have chosen. While there is high demand for social housing across Co Kildare in general [3,962, as per 2018 housing needs assessment, not currently in receipt of any form of social housing], some areas have longer waiting times than others. All applicants who qualify for social housing can avail of the Housing Assistance Payment.'

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