Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Department of Health
Homeless Persons Data
274. To ask the Minister for Health if deaths of homeless persons are collated in County Cork, specifically, by a body or agency similar to the Dublin Region Homeless Executive; and if so, the details of the body or agency. [19228/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 to 275, inclusive, together.
The Department of Health does not collect the data requested by the Deputy.
The Department of Health has oversight responsibility for health policy for people who are homeless. Responsibility for the provision of health services falls to the HSE, which works to deliver a range of health-related services and supports to homeless persons and improve access to mainstream health services, as well as providing targeted measures.
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’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.