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. While responsibility for the provision of accommodation for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities, the administration of homeless services is organised on a regional basis. In this regard, Wicklow County Council is included in the Mid-East Region along with Kildare County Council and Meath County Council. A Homelessness Consultative Forum exists for each region and it is the role of the Management Group of each of these fora to consider the organisation of homeless services in the region within the funding available.
In relation to your correspondence, my Department has contacted Wicklow County Council on the matter, on foot of which a response has issued to you.