Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1183)

John Curran

Question:

1183. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount spent on a monthly basis on emergency accommodation in Dublin in each of the years 2011 to 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45389/19]

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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 spend 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 Homeless Consultative Forum, in this case the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive. Exchequer funding for homeless services is provided through my Department to housing authorities on a regional basis. The table below sets out the funding recouped to the Dublin Region for the years 2011 to 2018;

Exchequer funding for homeless services under the Housing Act, 1988 (Dublin Region)

2011

€35,732,525

2012

€32,398,290

2013

€31,322,223

2014

€35,322,223

2015

€48,270,201

2016

€68,627,075

2017

€83,616,643

2018

€106,267,187

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