28 Jan 2021, 18.23

The Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage will meet tomorrow from 10am to discuss Homelessness when representatives from the State, service provision and academic sectors appear.

The purpose of the meeting, scheduled for Committee Room 3 (watch live), is an engagement on the issue of homelessness.

The following witnesses will appear

  • Professor Eoin O’Sullivan, Professor of Social Policy, TCD
  • Dr Una Burns, Head of Policy and Communications, Novas
  • Representatives from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive
  • Alice Leahy, Director of the Alice Leahy Trust

In advance of the meeting, Committee Chair, Steven Matthews, TD, said: “The Committee looks forward to engaging with the witnesses regarding the reality of Homelessness. In December, we explored topics such as oversight of local authorities in the area of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), and the recent RTÉ Investigates programme is a reminder that challenges on the Housing front are constant and every bit as pressing as those posed by Brexit.

“We look forward to hearing from the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, the lead statutory local authority in the response to homelessness in Dublin. We are happy to also have the perspective of Novas, which provides homeless services in the South West as well as Dublin. Professor Eoin O’Sullivan is a renowned expert in this field, and his contribution will be very welcome. Furthermore, the Alice Leahy Trust has been providing befriending, social and health services for people who are homeless since 1975.”

For more information about the work of the Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage see the Committee webpage

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