Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
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 them maintain their tenancies.
The National Implementation Plan for Housing First was published in September 2018. The Plan includes an overall target of 663 tenancies in the period 2018-2021, with annual targets for each local authority. The Plan is a joint initiative of my Department, the Department of Health, the HSE and the local authorities.
Local authorities are responsible for the establishment of a Housing First tenancy. Reports made by the local authorities to my Department show that 172 individuals were housed under Housing First over the course of 2019 and a further 11 individuals had been housed to the end of January 2020.