The Housing Authority is building over 680 apartments in 16 localities over the next three years, but they will not come close to clearing the waiting list for social housing, which currently stands at over 3,200.

Replying to a Parliamentary Question by Labour MP Glenn Bedingfield, Social Solidarity Minister Michael Falzon said a number of other measures were being taken to drastically reduce the list, apart from constructing new units. One is an agreement with local banks which will make it easier for people to buy a home, and therefore be taken off the waiting list. The authority is also increasing its stock by offering incentives to private owners to make their properties available to the government.

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In response to a separate Parliamentary Question, the minister said that there were 3,212 people on the waiting list, spread across all the localities. Those with over 100 are as follows:

• St Paul’s Bay 221
• Birkirkara 186
• Valletta 162
• Ħamrun 148
• Cospicua 143
• Paola 135
• Qormi 130
• Birżebbuġa 119
• Marsascala 119