Dáil Éireann - Volume 662 - 07 October, 2008

Written Answers. -

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the monies granted in each year for the past decade for each of the local authorities to address the housing needs of the homeless, including specific allocations in terms of social housing for the long-term homeless. [33806/08]

  Deputy Michael Finneran: The information requested relating to recoupment to local authorities for current funding for accommodation-related costs for homeless services is being compiled and will be forwarded as soon as possible.

In relation to capital funding, through my Department’s main social housing investment programme and the Capital Assistance Scheme for voluntary and co-operative housing bodies, accommodation is provided to meet a variety of needs, including those of homeless persons. The level of funding earmarked for homeless purposes varies between local authority areas, having regard to the overall level of need, the schemes of letting priorities of individual authorities and the level of activity by the voluntary and co-operative housing sector in meeting other special housing needs, including for the elderly and persons with a disability.