Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (339, 340)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

339. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of families, adults and children in emergency accommodation; the extent to which housing their needs can be met in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4906/18]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

340. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number families, adults and children in emergency housing in County Kildare; the extent to which their housing needs can be met in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4907/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 339 and 340 together.

Official homeless reports are published on my Department's website on a monthly basis and can be accessed using the following link:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data.

These reports are based on data provided by housing authorities and produced through the Pathway Accommodation and Support System (PASS).  These reports capture details of individuals utilising State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements that are overseen by housing authorities.  A county breakdown of homeless adults is included in these reports, details of families and children are provided on a regional basis.

The solution to homelessness is increased delivery of social housing supports. During 2017, the long-term needs of almost 26,000 households were met through social housing supports and a similar target is in place for 2018.  With regard to social housing targets at the individual authority level, I have asked each Chief Executive to furnish a report to me by mid-February confirming and setting out how targets will be delivered over the coming years. It is my intention that the targets will be published as soon as possible thereafter.  Progress made by each authority, in terms of delivery against these targets, will be published on an ongoing basis, providing greater accountability and driving delivery.