Thursday, 17 October 2019

Ceisteanna (322, 323)

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

322. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons in emergency accommodation in counties Cavan, Monaghan and Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42682/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Niamh Smyth

Ceist:

323. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons registered as homeless by county in tabular form; when they were registered as homeless; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42701/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 322 and 323 together.

Addressing homelessness is an absolute priority for the Government.  Rebuilding Ireland, the Government’s Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness, is designed to increase the delivery of housing across all tenures to help individuals and families meet their housing needs and address homelessness. The plan focuses on increasing the delivery of social housing, with a target of delivering 50,000 social housing homes and 87,000 other social housing supports by 2021.  In 2018, 8,000 new social homes were delivered nationally and this year, a further 10,000 new social homes will be delivered.   Budget 2020 has increased funding available to local authorities to provide homeless accommodation and related services to €166m, an increase of €20m on this years budget of €146m.

My Department publishes a monthly report on homelessness. The monthly report is based on data provided by housing authorities and produced through the Pathway Accommodation & Support System (PASS).  The report captures details of individuals utilising State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements that are overseen by housing authorities. Official homeless reports are published on my Department's website on a monthly basis and can be accessed using the following link: http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data.

These reports do not contain data relating to when a person registered as homeless.  While these monthly reports include a breakdown of adults at county level, details in relation to dependants are only available on a regional level in my Department; however, further information in relation to dependants may be obtained from individual housing authorities.

The following table sets out the numbers of adults and dependants in emergency accommodation in August 2019, the most recent month for which data is available.

Region

Dependants (by region only)

Local authority

Adults (by local authority)

    Dublin

2,850

    Dublin (DRHE)

4,312

    Mid-East

182

    Kildare

184

 

 

    Meath

111

 

 

    Wicklow

32

    Midlands

49

    Laois

16

 

 

    Longford

7

 

 

    Offaly

40

 

 

    Westmeath

35

    Mid-West

141

    Clare

68

 

 

    Limerick

255

    North-East

40

    Cavan

8

 

 

    Louth

170

 

 

    Monaghan

1

    North-West

20

    Donegal

18

 

 

    Leitrim

 2

 

 

    Sligo

31

    South-East

57

    Carlow

23

 

 

    Kilkenny

59

 

 

    Tipperary

34

 

 

    Waterford

112

 

 

    Wexford

38

    South-West

309

    Cork

419

 

 

    Kerry

164

    West

200

    Galway

311

 

 

    Mayo

33

 

 

    Roscommon

7