The Alliance Party's Anna Lo tabled the adjournment debate on deprivation in the Belvoir area of South Belfast, on 20 November 2012.
Ms Lo said she was concerned that the area would not benefit from a range of interventions and support programmes.
She said there was a higher level of smoking during pregnancy amongst people living there, and there was no access to registered child minders.
The South Belfast MLA said a community hub of activity was needed.
The SDLP's Alasdair McDonnell said Belvoir had suffered considerable neglect over the years.
Responding, Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland questioned whether an adjournment debate was the best way to raise the issue.
He said it had not been drawn to his or his officials attention prior to it coming before the assembly "as is usually the case".
The minister said there were community groups working in the area, but added he would be happy to sit down with local representatives to consider whether more could be done.