Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (664)

John Lahart

Question:

664. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of social housing units allocated to persons with disabilities in 2017 and 2018; and the detail of the allocation in terms of the number of persons with disabilities here proportionally. [21658/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Local authorities are responsible in law for the provision of social housing in their areas, and, as such, decide on the number and specific types of dwellings to provide in their developments, based on identified need.  In that context, my Department does not compile statistics in relation to allocations to people with disabilities.

One of the key initiatives under the National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability (NHSPWD), which has been extended to 2020, was the establishment of Housing and Disability Steering Groups (HDSGs) in all housing authority areas, to achieve a coordinated and integrated approach to meeting the housing needs of people with a disability at local level.  These are chaired by Directors of Housing in each authority and include HSE and disability representative organisations. 

Each HDSG has prepared a local Strategic Plan for its own City/County area, to develop specific local strategies to meet identified and emerging need over the next five years. These Plans, the majority of which are now available on the relevant local authority websites, along with the annual Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA), will allow local authorities to plan more strategically for the housing needs of people with a disability and will support the delivery of accommodation using all appropriate housing supply mechanisms.