Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (629)

Anne Rabbitte


629. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount spent in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019 by county on emergency accommodation, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39500/19]

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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 emergency accommodation for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities. 

My Department does not fund any homeless service directly but provides funding to housing authorities towards these costs.  Under the 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 these funding arrangements with my Department.  Therefore, the exact amounts spent by housing authorities on homeless services, as well as the types of accommodation are a matter for individual housing authorities in consultation with the Management Group of the relevant regional joint Homelessness Consultative Forum.

Exchequer funding for homeless services is provided through my Department to housing authorities on a regional basis.  The following table sets out the funding recouped to housing authorities on a regional basis for the years 2016 to 2019 (to date).

Exchequer funding provided for homeless accommodation and related services under the Housing Act, 1988





2019 (to date)















































Financial reports from each of the regions, setting out expenditure on homeless services, including emergency accommodation in each region, are published on my Department's website at the following link: www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data.