1,134 homes in need of social housing support in Donegal

Figures released by the government show that there are currently 1,134 homes in need of social housing support in Donegal

This is a decrease of almost 36 % compared to 1993.

The figures released by the Department of the Environment show that around 100 thousand households are on Local Authority waiting lists around the country.

The figures show that since 1993 there has been a fluctuation in those in need of social housing support in Donegal.

The figure in 1993 stood at 1,288 - peaked at 1,763 in 2008 while this year the number is 1,134.

The majority of those now in need of support are in Letterkenny, the figure there has increase by 156 in just a year.

In Donegal, you are most likely to be on the Local Authority waiting list if you are aged 31 - 40, those aged over 60 are lease likely to be on the list.

By category of need, you are most likely to be on the housing waiting list because you can't afford to house yourself or on medical or compassionate grounds.

The figures also show the majority of people on the housing waiting list in Donegal are Irish, unemployed and in receipt of social welfare.

The majority of those on the list have been there for some time - a significant portion over a year or more  - one hundred and seventy household have been on the waiting list for over five years.