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 the local level.
My Department does not provide funding for services directly but provides funding to housing authorities towards operational costs for homeless accommodation and related services. Under funding arrangements, housing authorities must provide at least 10% of the cost of services from their own resources. Housing authorities may also incur additional expenditure on homeless related services outside of the funding arrangement with my Department. The provision of emergency accommodation is generally contracted out by local authorities to NGO homeless service providers and local authorities work with these service providers to ensure that appropriate supports are in place in all homelessness accommodation.
Financial reports setting out expenditure on homeless services, including funding provided to NGOs towards the provision of homeless accommodation for 2017, are published on my Department's website at the following link: www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data.
The financial reports for each of the regions for 2018 are being collated and will be published on my Department's website shortly.
Monthly homelessness data reports are produced by housing authorities using the Pathway Accommodation & Support System (PASS), the single integrated national data information system on State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements overseen by housing authorities. My Department collates this information into monthly national homelessness reports, which are available on my Department’s website at the following link: www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data.
While these monthly reports include a breakdown of adults based on gender and accommodation type at regional level, details in relation to gender and the number of beds in individual temporary supported accommodation facilities are not available in my Department and are a matter for the relevant housing authorities.