Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Ceisteanna (345)

Cian O'Callaghan


345. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the per-person cost of Housing First; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7339/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

Housing First enables homeless individuals with high levels of complex needs to obtain permanent secure accommodation with the provision of intensive housing and health supports to help the individuals concerned maintain their tenancies.

The National Implementation Plan for Housing First, published in September 2018, which puts the programme on a national footing, is designed to provide this response, by delivering permanent housing solutions and associated supports for rough sleepers and long-term users of emergency accommodation. It extends the delivery of Housing First nationally, with the introduction of targets for each local authority. The Plan includes an overall target of 663 tenancies in the period 2018-2021. The implementation of the Plan is a joint initiative of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Department of Health, the HSE and the local authorities.

Over the three years between 2018 and 2020, my Department has provided some €9m in funding to local authorities to accelerate the roll out of the Plan nationally. This does not include the cost of providing the units, which are delivered under the social housing programme. Due to the tailored response to individual circumstances of each Housing First client, my Department is not in a position to specify a single representative figure for the cost of a housing first tenancy.