Dáil Éireann - Volume 614 - 14 February, 2006

Written Answers. - Homeless Persons.

  607. Mr. Deasy asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the funding made by his Department to provide assistance to homeless people here; the total of all such funding in each of the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5421/06]

  Mr. N. Ahern: Since 2000, the Department of Health and Children has provided €32.4 million additional funding to the Health Service Executive towards the implementation of Homelessness — An Integrated Strategy. This funding has been spent on meeting the in-house care costs associated with accommodation for homeless adults along with developing new designated services for homeless adults who are not ready or able to avail of mainstream services, including the development of primary care services in hostels and day services such as dental, GP, nursing, chiropody, alcohol detox and counselling. In addition, outreach teams and dedicated mental [1421] health teams have been established with the aim of linking people who are homeless into mainstream services. Cumulative total spending on homeless adult services is as follows: 2000 —€1.3 million; 2001 —€8.9 million; 2002 —€18.4 million; 2003 —€21 million; 2004 —€26.1 million; 2005 —€30.2 million; 2006 —€32.2 million.