Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Emergency Accommodation Provision
1318. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the contact details in his Department for the section taking inquiries from accommodation providers who wish to provide emergency accommodation for Covid-19 related cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5702/20]
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 and associated services for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities.
Any person or organisation who is interested in making properties available for use as emergency accommodation should contact the relevant local authority. Local authorities are also seeking properties under the various social housing funding schemes to provide homes for families in emergency accommodation and on the social housing waiting lists.