Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (504)

Eoin Ó Broin


504. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will include an ethnic identifier in the pathway accommodation and support system to include Travellers. [40713/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department publishes data on a monthly basis outlining the number of homeless persons accommodated in emergency accommodation funded and overseen by housing authorities. These reports are based on data provided by housing authorities and are produced through the Pathway Accommodation & Support System (PASS). The reports are collated on a regional basis and are published on my Department's website.

The monthly homelessness report includes details of individuals, families and the dependants of these families who accessed emergency accommodation during the relevant count week of the month in question. These reports do not provide a breakdown by nationality or ethnic background.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) is in the process of upgrading PASS and remains on course to go live with this upgraded system in Q1 2020. The feasibility of collecting data on ethnicity is being considered in the context of the legal framework governing data protection.