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DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for WRITTEN ANSWER on 27/06/2017

To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning; Community and Local Government the number of persons being housed in hotel rooms as emergency accommodation; and the progress made to bring to an end the use of hotels for emergency accommodation.

REPLY.
As of the end of April 2017, there were 695 homeless families in Dublin being accommodated in commercial hotels and B&Bs. This total is a considerable reduction on the 871 such families recorded at the end of March.  Based on figures provided to my Department by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, over 830 families have exited hotel and B&B arrangements since Rebuilding Ireland was published last July, while over 400 families were prevented from entering hotels by securing new tenancies under the homeless pilot of the Housing Assistance Payment scheme before they had to enter homeless emergency accommodation.

Given the number of exits being achieved by the Dublin housing authorities on an ongoing basis and also the significant volume of new family-oriented supported temporary accommodation coming on stream in the coming weeks,  I expect the overall figure for homeless families accommodated in hotel and B&B arrangements to further reduce over the coming period. I have requested that the four Dublin housing authorities continue to treat this as a key priority and while the emphasis must be on exiting as many homeless families as possible, I have requested that any remaining families, other than in exceptional circumstances, are notified by end June of the pathway out of hotels envisaged for them over the coming weeks.

Last week, I announced my intention to make available €10 million for further new family-oriented supported temporary accommodation facilities.  Currently, fifteen such facilities are being developed at a total estimated cost of €25 million to provide accommodation for upwards of 600 families.  The additional funding will add accommodation for at least another 200 families.

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Dáil Issues, Oral Questions, Public Expenditure

DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Seán Canney T.D.
by Deputies
for ORAL ANSWER on Thursday, 1st June, 2017.

9. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the nature, details and value of all accommodation contracts entered into between the OPW and Caranua; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Catherine Connolly TD

24. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the agreement which exists between the OPW and Caranua with regard to the renting of office space; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Thomas Pringle TD

41. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the agreements between the OPW and Caranua regarding the charging of rent for use of office space; the details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly TD

REPLY.
The Commissioners of Public Works advise that the agreement in place with CARANUA for its current accommodation in Frederick Court, Dublin 1 is an administrative arrangement by way of a simple exchange of letters between the Commissioners of Public Works and CARANUA. It details a rent contribution of €106,000.00 per annum with a commencement date of 1st June 2016.

As the lease on the Frederick Court building expired in 2016, the Commissioners of Public Works are disposing of the property and in discussions with Caranua regarding their accommodation needs into the future, offered CARANUA space in newly leased premises off Talbot Street, Dublin 1. This was another option for CARANUA given that it had carried out its own research for alternative accommodation. CARANUA confirmed its acceptance of this space to the Commissioners and the agreement is again by way of simple exchange of letters. The due proportion of rent to be paid by CARANUA amounts to €188,589.55 plus VAT per annum. This increased rent arises from the provision of a larger area of accommodation to CARANUA.