Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ceisteanna (242)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

242. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of homeless families in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27093/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homelessness at local level.  Statutory responsibility in relation to the provision of accommodation and related services for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities.

Monthly homelessness data reports are produced by housing authorities using the Pathway Accommodation & Support System (PASS), the single integrated national data information system on State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements overseen by housing authorities.  My Department collates this information into monthly national homeless reports, which are available on my Department’s website at the following link:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data.

While these reports identify the number of  adults utilising State-funded emergency accommodation at the county level, details in relation to families and dependants is only available on a regional basis; consequently the specific data sought in the Question is not available in my Department and is a matter for the relevant housing authority, in this case Kildare County Council.