Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Questions (521)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

521. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of beds in homeless accommodation; if they are supported temporary accommodation, temporary emergency accommodation or other available specifically for persons leaving prison in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40665/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homelessness at local level. Statutory responsibility in relation to the provision of homeless services, including accommodation, rests with individual housing authorities. The matter raised by the Deputy is an operational issue in the day-to-day delivery of services and is a matter for the relevant housing authorities.

The policy in relation to discharges from prison is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Justice and Equality.