Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Homeless Persons Supports
78. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the implementation plan for family-oriented Housing First by Louth County Council; the expected timeframe and resources; if there have been delays in the implementation of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28474/20]
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.
Housing First provides permanent housing for rough sleepers and long-term users of emergency accommodation with complex health support needs. Housing First is not a housing solution for homeless families with children. The policy for families and children experiencing homelessness is to support the families to identify and secure a tenancy, within the shortest possible timeframe, utilising the various available social housing supports.