Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Questions (485)

Peter Burke


485. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the resources available to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22649/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The current National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability(NHSPWD) and associated National Implementation Framework, were jointly published by my Department and the Department of Health. They set out the Government’s broad framework for the delivery of housing for people with disabilities through mainstream housing policy and were developed as part of a coherent framework, in conjunction with the Government’s mental health policy, A Vision for Change, and the Congregated Settings Report.

Implementation of actions in the NHSPWD, which has been extended to 2020, is being driven primarily by the Housing Agency, through a dedicated sub-group comprising representatives from my Department, the HSE, Department of Health, local authorities, the Irish Council for Social Housing and various disability representative organisations.

One of the key initiatives involved has been 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.

The specific persons mentioned will be able to get more detailed information from their local authority in respect of its own local Strategic Plan.