Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Domestic Violence Refuges Provision
1086. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will work with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, approved housing bodies and Tusla to ensure that there is a women's refuge in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11552/20]
As housing authorities, local authorities are responsible for the identification of the social housing need in their area. The statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA) carried out annually since 2016 captures the total number of households qualified for social housing support to better inform policy and to allow local authorities, such as Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, to develop appropriate responses to meet this need.
Through the supports made available from my Department under Rebuilding Ireland, funding is available to deliver additional social housing stock through a range of initiatives. Under my Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS), capital funding may be provided, through housing authorities, to Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) for the delivery of accommodation for people with specific categories of need. It is a matter for individual housing authorities to prioritise projects to be advanced under CAS. To date no proposal has been submitted from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown to my Department for consideration in relation to provision of a women’s refuge.