Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (463)

Noel Grealish

Question:

463. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons in emergency homeless accommodation by local authority area and length of time in such accommodation; the number of children and adults in each case; the number at the same period in 2017 and 2018; the cost of providing such accommodation over each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53574/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department publishes a monthly report on homelessness. The monthly report is based on data provided by housing authorities and produced through the Pathway Accommodation & Support System (PASS).  The report captures details of individuals utilising State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements that are overseen by housing authorities.

The most recent homelessness figures show that 6,688 adults and 3,826 associated dependents, encompassing 1,733 families, accessed emergency accommodation nationwide during the final week of October.  Monthly reports for 2017, 2018 and 2019 are available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data .

The monthly reports submitted by local authorities to my Department do not currently provide detailed information on the length of time spent in emergency accommodation.  However, the latest information drawn from a separate local authority performance reporting mechanism show that 38% of adults in emergency accommodation had been there for less than six months, and 62% for more than 6 months. 

The regional breakdown at the end of Quarter 3 2019 is shown in the following table. 

Q3 2019 Duration in Emergency Accommodation - Regional Breakdown 

 

< 6 months

 

> 6 Months

 

Regional Total

 

Amount

%

Amount

%

 

Dublin

1,408

33%

2,893

67%

4,301

Mid-East

170

55%

137

45%

307

Midland

19

21%

73

79%

92

Mid West

166

55%

137

45%

303

North East

90

57%

69

43%

159

North West

37

71%

15

29%

52

South East

135

55%

110

45%

245

South West

270

48%

296

52%

566

West

159

37%

269

63%

428

Totals

2,454

38%

3,999

62%

6,453

In relation to the cost of providing accommodation, 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 by my Department to housing authorities on a regional basis.  The following table sets out Exchequer funding provided on a regional basis for the years 2017 and 2018 and to date in 2019. 

Exchequer funding for homeless services under the Housing Act, 1988 

Region

2017

2018

2019 to date

Dublin 

€83,616,643  

€106,267,187  

€112,662,125  

Mid-East 

€3,092,923  

€3,738,000  

€3,725,000  

Midland 

€1,467,615  

€2,177,128  

€2,014,500  

Mid-West 

€3,906,686  

€5,044,000  

€6,559,100  

North-East 

€2,762,845  

€3,007,520  

€2,685,000  

North-West 

€450,000  

€541,522  

€622,700  

South-East

€3,444,510  

€3,815,000  

€3,950,200  

South-West 

€6,703,444  

€9,687,741  

€8,048,100  

West

€3,791,334  

€4,721,895  

€5,546,200  

Total

€109,236,000

€138,999,993

€145,812,925