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Housing Provision

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 15 September 2021

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Questions (335)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

335. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the current number of HAP and RAS leasing tenancies across all local authorities including long term leases by AHBs; the projected number of these for each of the years in the lifetime of the Housing for All plan; the annual cost for each year and in total for the lifetime of the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43928/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The table below shows the number of active tenancies at the end of Q1 2021, by scheme, by local authority:

Local Authority

HAP

RAS

AHB long term   leases under SHCEP

Total

Carlow  County Council

734

 457

0

1,191

Cavan County Council

448

 522

22

992

Clare County Council

1,422

 384

39

1,845

Cork City Council

3,187

 879

29

4,095

Cork County Council

3,740

 719

1

4,460

Donegal County Council

1,855

 504

120

2,479

Dublin City Council

5,120

 1,684

183

6,987

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

797

 521

5

1,323

Fingal County Council

2,188

 513

2

2,703

Galway City Council

1,989

 398

0

2,387

Galway County Council

1,477

 352

16

1,845

Kerry County Council

1,681

 852

69

2,602

Kildare County Council

2,375

 427

118

2,920

Kilkenny County Council

852

 946

0

1,798

Laois County Council

986

 206

85

1,277

Leitrim County Council

305

 103

0

408

Limerick City & County Council

2,488

 1,263

64

3,815

Longford County Council

379

 201

10

590

Louth County Council

3,301

 144

11

3,456

Mayo County Council

1,374

 800

0

2,174

Meath County Council

2,287

 376

77

2,740

Monaghan County Council

615

 161

0

776

Offaly County Council

867

 135

3

1,005

Roscommon County Council

468

 383

0

851

Sligo County Council

843

 503

16

1,362

South Dublin County Council

2,977

1,015

16

4,008

Tipperary County Council

1,878

 1,053

11

2,942

Waterford City & County Council

2,172

 674

11

2,857

Westmeath County Council

1,022

 531

16

1,569

Wexford County Council

1,633

 526

20

2,179

Wicklow County Council

1,686

 275

8

1,970

Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE)*

8,166

81,66

TOTAL

61,312

17,507

952

79,771

*DRHE is operating Homeless HAP on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities 

Specific targets for the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) or Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) are not included in Housing for All. However, given the numbers of households in need of housing supports, it will be necessary to continue to provide social housing through these schemes to ensure households can secure social housing immediately. 

The projected number for new tenancies being set-up for HAP in 2022 is between 10,000 and 15,000. The projected number for new tenancies being set-up for RAS in 2022 is 800. Projections for future years will be agreed on an annual basis as part of the normal Estimates process.  However, as the numbers of new build social homes increases under Housing for All, there will be a reduced reliance on HAP and RAS.

Under Housing for All, Long Term Leasing will be phased out by 2025. This phasing out process will begin now, with my officials engaging with every local authority to ensure that the correct processes are put in place to ensure a managed end to leasing. I will shortly be issuing leasing targets across a number of local authorities, but not all local authorities will have leasing targets going forward.

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