In a response to a question submitted by Mr Durkan in early March, the department confirmed that efforts are underway to obtain additional resources to carry out these essential works as soon as possible.
Said the Foyle MLA: “After raising the colossal waiting lists for housing adaptations in March and pressing for action from the Department for Communities, the below response has finally been issued.
“While I appreciate this is a challenging period for the Department, I have no doubt that it is an even greater challenge for all those confined to their homes during lockdown without the life-changing adaptations they so desperately need.
“Granted, the slowness of this system was a persistent issue before this pandemic hit.
“And the department have acknowledged that external factors, including the liquidation of contractor providing a large portion of these works impacted on the delivery of these essential works.
“I am hopeful that NIHE’s efforts to secure more contractors in conjunction with the ongoing recruitment drive, will prove successful in addressing the current backlog.
“Many people have already waited too long for these life-changing adaptations.
“They must be delivered as soon as feasibly possible to ensure individuals can live more independently and enjoy a better quality of life within their homes,” added Mr Durkan.