Thursday, 23 July 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Homeless Persons Supports
144. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the timeframe for the roll-out of the family-orientated Housing First scheme to Louth County Council; and the details of the resources to be allocated. [17956/20]
Housing First enables individuals who have been rough sleeping or have been long term users of emergency accommodation, with high levels of complex needs, to obtain permanent secure accommodation with the provision of intensive housing and health supports to assist them to 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 to 2018-2021, including 23 in Louth County Council. The Plan is a joint initiative of my Department, the Department of Health, the HSE and the local authorities. A copy of the National Implementation Plan is available on my Department's website at the following link:
Local authorities also provide tenancy sustainment measures for families with support requirements. The delivery of these services is matter for the housing authorities. My Department does not fund homeless service directly but provides funding to housing authorities towards the operational costs of homeless accommodation and related services under Section 10 of the Housing Act 1988.