Nearly 2,900 households remain on Clare County Council’s social housing list.
The number is around a 4 percent drop since the start of the year, though there are suggestions as many as 10,000 Clare citizens may be waiting to be allocated a home.
Clare County Council’s Monthly Management Report for this month details the needs of 2,870 households awaiting accommodation from the local authority.
More than three quarters of these are waiting for 2 bed houses or apartments, with a further 17 percent looking for 3 bed dwellings.
Just 5 percent of those on the list in this county are awaiting 4 bed accommodation, with just four households in Clare needing a 5 bedroom home.
Around 40 percent of households approved by the Council on the list have their first area of choice as Ennis, with Shannon, Clarecastle, and the joint region of Feakle/Scariff/Whitegate the next most popular areas.
On the other end of the scale, just 8 households have Kilfenora down as their first preference, with 23 opting for Clonlara and 25 for Quin.
Nearly 60 percent of households on the list in Clare are currently availing of rent supplement.
A survey from Clare’s Labour Party says as many as 10,000 people may be part of the near 3,000 applications, with them calling for income limits for social housing consideration in this county to be upped.
Clare County Council says it’s continuing housing delivery ‘at pace’, with capital projects in Tulla, Ennis and Miltown Malbay due to be completed ‘shortly’ and advertised on the choice based letting system in the coming weeks.