Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Homeless Accommodation Funding
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 spend 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.
Financial reports from each of the homeless regions, are published on my Department's website. These reports includes a breakdown of expenditure in each region. The reports are available at the following link: https//www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data. The financial reports for 2019 are currently being collated in my Department and will be published shortly.