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Homeless Accommodation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Ceisteanna (303, 312)

Violet-Anne Wynne

Ceist:

303. Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage further to Parliamentary Question No. 16 of 11 November 2021, the payments that were made by county in 2021 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61619/21]

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Violet-Anne Wynne

Ceist:

312. Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the breakdown of the payments drawn down by each local authority to date in 2021 in terms of progressing their homeless action teams and services in tabular form. [61635/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 303 and 312 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 and related services for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities.

My Department does not fund any homeless services 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 spending by housing authorities on homeless services, as well as the types of services, are a matter for individual housing authorities in consultation with the Management Group of the relevant regional joint Homeless Consultative Forum, as provided for under Chapter 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009.

Exchequer funding for homeless services is provided through my Department to housing authorities on a regional basis. The funding provided for 2020 and 2021 to date is set out below:

Region

2020€m

2021 (to date)€m

Dublin

217,535,359

138,222,775

Mid East

8,500,368

5,192,547

Midland

2,531,226

1,689,450

Mid West

9,188,376

7,174,135

North East

2,935,081

2,056,635

North West

812,285

741,000

South East

3,890,374

3,419,833

South West

16,247,187

11,204,928

West

9,259,668

6,814,185

Total

270,899,923

176,515,489

Certified financial reports, which provide a breakdown of expenditure for each region, are published annually on my Department's website at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/collection/80ea8-homelessness-data/#local-authority-regional-financial-reports.

Certified financial reports for 2021 will be collated early in 2022 on receipt of final end of year financial reports.

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