Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (574, 575)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

574. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons presenting as homeless in County Mayo in each of the past five years since 2014. [46112/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

575. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount spent by Mayo County Council on emergency accommodation in each year since 2014. [46113/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 574 and 575 together.

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 emergency accommodation for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities.

My Department does not fund any homeless service directly but provides funding to housing authorities towards these costs. Under the funding arrangements, housing authorities must provide at least 10% of the cost of services from their own resources. Housing authorities may also incur additional expenditure on homeless related services outside of these funding arrangements with my Department. Therefore, the exact spend by housing authorities on homeless services, as well as the types of accommodation, are a matter for individual housing authorities in consultation with the Management Group of the relevant regional joint Homeless Consultative Forum.

County Mayo is included in the West region for the purposes of homeless administration, along with Galway and Roscommon. Financial reports from each of the homeless regions, setting out expenditure on homeless services, including emergency accommodation, are published on my Department's website at the following link: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data. The table below sets out regional expenditure for the West region as contained in their End of Year financial reports for the years 2016 to 2018.

West regional expenditure

Year

2016

€2,661,009

2017

€3,763,587

2018

€5,888,769

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) and captures details of individuals utilising State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements that are overseen by housing authorities. These monthly reports are published on my Department's website at the following link: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data.

The most recently published report, in respect of September 2019, shows that there were a total of 33 adults in emergency accommodation in County Mayo. Data on numbers presenting as homeless are not collated in my Department.

The table below sets out the numbers of adults in emergency accommodation in County Mayo from June 2014 to September 2019, the most recent month for which data is available.

Month

No. of Adults

Month

No. of Adults

Month

No. of Adults

Jun 2014

2

Apr 2016

4

Jan 2018

10

Jul 2014

3

May 2016

4

Feb 2018

16

Aug 2014

4

Jun 2016

7

Mar 2018

21

Sep 2014

4

Jul 2016

6

Apr 2018

24

Oct 2014

2

Aug 2016

8

May 2018

27

Nov 2014

2

Sep 2016

12

Jun 2018

25

Dec 2014

1

Oct 2016

11

Jul 2018

26

Jan 2015

2

Nov 2016

11

Aug 2018

23

Feb 2015

2

Dec 2016

12

Sep 2018

23

Mar 2015

2

Jan 2017

12

Oct 2018

29

Apr 2015

2

Feb 2017

9

Nov 2018

30

May 2015

3

Mar 2017

6

Dec 2018

39

Jun 2015

7

Apr 2017

8

Jan 2019

39

Jul 2015

6

May 2017

8

Feb 2019

32

Aug 2015

4

Jun 2017

12

Mar 2019

32

Sep 2015

7

Jul 2017

10

Apr 2019

31

Oct 2015

5

Aug 2017

9

May 2019

34

Nov 2015

8

Sep 2017

11

Jun 2019

36

Dec 2015

4

Oct 2017

12

Jul 2019

40

Jan 2016

5

Nov 2017

8

Aug 2019

33

Feb 2016

5

Dec 2017

8

Sep 2019

33