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Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Housing Policy

Violet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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348. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if County Clare will be approved for housing first initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44487/20]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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Housing First enables homeless individuals with high levels of complex needs to obtain permanent secure accommodation with the provision of intensive housing and health supports to help them maintain their tenancies.

The National Implementation Plan for Housing First, published in September 2018, which puts the programme on a national footing, is designed to provide this response, by delivering permanent housing solutions and associated supports for rough sleepers and long-term users of emergency accommodation. It extends the delivery of Housing First nationally, with the introduction of targets for each local authority. The Plan includes an overall target of 663 tenancies in the period 2018-2021. The implementation of the Plan is a joint initiative of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Department of Health, the HSE and the local authorities.

In line with the National Implementation Plan, Housing First is being delivered on a regional basis by the local authorities and the HSE. Contracts for the delivery of services have been put in place in each of the nine regions responsible for the delivery of homeless services with tenancies now in place in every region.

The contract to deliver Housing First in the Mid-West region was initially limited to the Limerick City and County Council area. A successful proposal was recently received from the Region to extend the service to County Clare as well, where 11 tenancies are targeted under the National Implementation Plan. It is expected that the first tenancies in the county will be in place in the near future.

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