Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Questions (169)

Gerry Adams

Question:

169. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide a breakdown of the funding provided by his Department to agencies dealing with the issue of homelessness in County Louth in 2010, 2011 and 2012; the amount that has been allocated for 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32443/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Statutory responsibility in relation to the provision of accommodation for homeless persons rests with the housing authorities and the purposes for which housing authorities may incur expenditure in addressing homelessness are prescribed in Section 10 of the Housing Act 1988. Details of the funding provided by my Department, under Section 10, for the years 2008 – 2012 in County Louth, are set out in the table. Funding is provided from my Department at 90% of costs incurred, with the housing authorities providing 10% of costs from their own resources.

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2010

2011

2012

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Louth County Council

10,000

903,499

900,308

Drogheda Borough Council

254,932

2,402

0

Dundalk Town Council

670,941

2,457

0

TOTAL

935,873

908,358

900,308

A Protocol for the Delegation of Section 10 Homeless funding has been agreed between my Department and Louth County Council, as lead authority for the North East region. This arrangement provides for the delegation of €879,963 for homeless accommodation and related services to the North East region involving Louth, Cavan and Monaghan County Councils for 2013.

In addition, details of the funding provided by my Department to organisations tackling the issue of homelessness, under the Scheme to Support National Organisations, for the years 2010 - 2013 are set out in the table.

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2010

2011

2012

2013

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Simon Communities of Ireland

171,936

112,914

90,000

84,780

My Department also provides funding to organisations under the Local and Community Development Programme with the objective of tackling poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government, its agencies, and people in disadvantaged communities. It is a key tool of Government in providing supports for the ‘harder to reach’ in the most disadvantaged areas and communities. Details of the funding provided by the Louth Leader Partnership in respect of the issue of homelessness in the County Louth area for the years 2010 - 2013 are set out in the table.

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2010

2011

2012

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Drogheda Homeless Aid - funding provided towards PR material

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€3,500

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