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Emergency Accommodation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 23 June 2022

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Questions (51)

Martin Browne


51. Deputy Martin Browne asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the measures being taken to ensure adequate emergency housing supply to local authorities. [33094/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Supporting individuals and families facing homelessness is a key Government priority. The role of my Department is to ensure that a framework of policy, legislation and funding is provided to ensure that housing authorities are in a position to address homelessness at a local level. I can assure the Deputy that resources and funding are not an obstacle to the urgent efforts required. Budget 2022 reflects this commitment by allocating €194 million for homelessness services.

While my Department sets the overall policy and legislative framework and provides the necessary resources, decisions on the range of homeless accommodation required are a matter for individual authorities. While it is acknowledged there are severe pressures on accessing emergency accommodation currently, I can assure the Deputy all local authorities continue to ensure that assistance is provided to all homeless households.   My Department continues to liaise with local authorities in this regard.