Dáil debates

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions

Homeless Persons Data

8:35 pm

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats) | Oireachtas source

I welcome the review and the commitment that has been made to expand Housing First.

Will this review examine the changes that have been made in the past year or so in the increased use of private hostel operators who have been contracted to provide accommodation for people who have become homeless? These operators, in the main, do not provide support services with the accommodation. Is this aspect being examined in the review? Some private operators have rules in place, which do not allow chatting and other infringements of basic human rights. We also have reports of people who have been barred by some of these private hostel operators for minor infringements and have slept rough as a result. Is this review into tragic issue of homeless deaths considering the changes that have been made with the engagement of private operators?


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