Dáil Debates

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Dáil Debates, Housing & Planning

Housing & Planning, Local Issues

Fingal County Council is currently preparing a Social Housing Assessment Summary in accordance with Section 21 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009.

All Local Authorities are required by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to complete this assessment for all persons who have applied for social housing support. The purpose of the Assessment is to capture the total number of households qualified for social housing support across the county whose social housing need is not being met, in order to understand the level of need for such support.

This Council is contacting certain applicants who have applied for social housing support prior to the 20th of April 2017 to confirm that they still require social housing support. Each applicant must confirm their requirement to the Council by completing and returning the assessment form which will be issued. Applicants who have applied after the 21st of April 2017 will not be written to so there is no need to contact the Council unless there is a change in circumstances .
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Dáil Issues, Education, Housing & Planning, Students

QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the recent 27% year on year increase in rent at a student residence (details supplied); and his plans to address exorbitant rents in the student accommodation sector. (Details Supplied) Shanowen Square Student Residences, which accommodates students from DCU. bringing rent per annum to €8,695, a sum so high that it runs the risk of driving students out of education.
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Dáil Issues, Housing & Planning, Parliamentary Questions

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.