I propose to take Questions Nos. 339 and 340 together.
Official homeless reports are published on my Department's website on a monthly basis and can be accessed using the following link:
These reports are based on data provided by housing authorities and produced through the Pathway Accommodation and Support System (PASS). These reports capture details of individuals utilising State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements that are overseen by housing authorities. A county breakdown of homeless adults is included in these reports, details of families and children are provided on a regional basis.
The solution to homelessness is increased delivery of social housing supports. During 2017, the long-term needs of almost 26,000 households were met through social housing supports and a similar target is in place for 2018. With regard to social housing targets at the individual authority level, I have asked each Chief Executive to furnish a report to me by mid-February confirming and setting out how targets will be delivered over the coming years. It is my intention that the targets will be published as soon as possible thereafter. Progress made by each authority, in terms of delivery against these targets, will be published on an ongoing basis, providing greater accountability and driving delivery.