Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
My Department publishes a detailed monthly report on homelessness, based on data provided by housing authorities. The Report outlines details of individuals utilising State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements that are overseen by housing authorities. The Reports are available on my Department's website at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/collection/80ea8-homelessness-data/and are also published to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's open data portal www.data.gov.ie/
The most recently published data is in respect of April 2021. There were 22 adults in emergency accommodation in Wexford during the April count week, a reduction of 8 (36%) on the position one year previously. County Wexford is part of the South East region for the purposes of homeless reporting, along with counties Waterford, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow.The combined South East region reported 15 families, with 29 dependants associated with these families in emergency accommodation in April 2021.
Supporting individuals and families facing homelessness is a key Government priority. The Programme for Government, Our Shared Future, commits to reducing and preventing homelessness and provides detail on how the Government is approaching this work as a priority. Homelessness is complex and causal factors and family circumstances vary considerably as do the responses needed. Homelessness is also inter-related with the other areas of the housing system and with broader social and healthcare policy and service delivery. Therefore, a whole of Government approach is required in dealing with this challenge.
Important progress is being made. There was a 31% reduction in the number of families in emergency accommodation nationally in April based on the position one year previously.
637. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of long-term leases active in County Wexford in each year from 2009 to 2020 inclusive and to date in 2021; the annual cost of each lease type for each year in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32002/21]
The Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP) supports the delivery of social housing by providing financial support to local authorities for the long term leasing of houses and apartments from private owners and Approved Housing Bodies.
At end Q1 2021, a total of 289 leased properties were supported under SHCEP across all leasing delivery programmes in Wexford County Council. A breakdown of the total number of leased dwellings by lease type for each year 2014 to end Q1 2021 is set out in Table 1 below. A detailed breakdown by lease type is not available for the period 2009 to 2013.
Details of the annual cost of each lease type in each year from 2018 to 2020 is set out in Table 2 below. Data in relation to the cost of each lease type is not available for the period 2009 to 2017.
Table 1: Wexford County Council, Leasing Year End Figures 2014 to end Q1 2021 (as part of SHCEP)
AHB Private Lease
|End Q1 2021||28||20||151||49||14||27||289|
Table 2: Wexford County Council, Leasing end 2018 to 2020 Spend
|AHB Private Lease||€110,760||€128,980||€128,628|
All data is based on local authority claims for operational agreements recorded on the Department's SHCEP financial management system. Any variations in data between operational figures and total output under leasing delivery streams may be due to the time lag in the submission of claims to my Department in respect of new claims after delivery.