At the end of year 2019, there were 3,167 households on the housing waiting list in West Belfast -- 83% of them in the predominately Catholic areas of Inner, Middle and Outer West Belfast, according to NIHE statistics obtained by Freedom of Information request.
Alarmingly, 87% of the 2,542 West Belfast households in housing stress were also in these predominately Catholic areas, as were 89% of the 2,062 households with Full Duty Applicant (FDA) status. Graphically, that looks like this:
A closer look will show the proportion of West Belfast households in housing stress that reside in predominately Catholic areas:
The figures for North Belfast tell a similar story.
At end of year 2019, there were 2,586 households on the waiting list in North Belfast -- three quarters of them in the predominately Catholic North Belfast 1 Housing Need Assessment (HNA) area. With regard to housing stress, 79% of North Belfast households experiencing it live in the North Belfast 1 HNA area, as do 82% of FDA homeless households.
For a closer look at housing stress in North Belfast, see the graph below.