Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Homeless Accommodation Provision
784. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the tenancy type he proposes in respect of rapid-build and modular housing; if these will be temporary tenancies; the position when tenants reach the end of their tenancy; the location these tenants will then move to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6265/16]
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 accommodation for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities.
With regard to rapid-delivery housing, Government has approved the delivery of 500 units of rapid-delivery housing for homeless households across Dublin. This programme of rapid-delivery housing provision is being implemented to mitigate the issues associated with an increasing volume of homeless households accommodated in inappropriate commercial hotel arrangements. The units will provide emergency accommodation for those families currently in hotels in the first instance, offering a greater level of stability while move-on options to long-term independent living are identified and secured. Furthermore, such arrangements will facilitate more coordinated needs assessment and support planning for access to all required services, including welfare, health and housing services. The temporary assignment of these units to homeless households, and the duration of occupancy by them, is a matter for housing authorities.