The first report of the Homeless Oversight Group (Mark Kennedy, Sylda Langford and Tony Fahey) based on extensive consultation with homeless services, background information, historical data and a review of PASS data on homelessness to the period ending September 2013. This report focuses on the major challenges that need to be overcome to speed up the progress as well as identifying the major blockages that hinder progress towards the key goals of ending long term homelessness and the need to sleep rough.
A speech delivered to the Oireachtas by Minister Jan O'Sullivan outlining the government's statement on homeless policy.
The Programme for Government contains a commitment to ending long-term homelessness and the need to sleep rough by implementing a housing-led approach. This approach recognises that long-term secure housing is the best outcome for people affected by homelessness. By moving away from expensive emergency or shelter type accommodation better use can be made of scarce resources.
Government's Homeless Policy Statement 2013
Perspectives represents the realisation of an original idea to produce a collection of informative and challenging essays on various aspects of homelessness in Ireland. It covers the following topics: Critical perspectives on Irish Homelessness, Homelessness and Policy Matters, Evidencing Homelessness, Youth Homelessness, Homelessness and Housing, Homelessness and Care & Homelessness and Health.
This report examines the policy and legislative context of asylum seekers in Ireland, describes the effect of asylum seekers on housing and homeless services and makes recommendations for the meeting of needs of asylum seekers on a holistic, co-ordinated way.
The development of a housing led approach to ending homelessness was implicit rather than explicit in ‘The Way Home’, and the primary purpose of this document is to make explicit this policy principle. Thus, the document does not review the ‘The Way Home’, as the Strategy remains operational until the end of 2013, rather it aims to enhance the existing framework by outlining the evidence for an explicit housing led approach.
A new policy statement for housing will be launched early in 2006. The focus will be on underpinning the building of sustainable communities. Based on the objectives of the National Spatial Strategy, it will take account of the recent analysis of housing by NESC, the 2005 assessment of social housing needs and the work of the Housing Forum.
This present policy statement - Delivering Homes, Sustaining Communities provides greater detail on the actions required if the goals in the Framework document are to be achieved. It presents a vision for the future for housing. It is a companion to the National Development Plan 2007-2013: Transforming Ireland - A Better Quality of Life for All, which provides the resources for the required investment and the National Action Plan for Social Inclusion 2007 - 2016 which focuses particularly on social inclusion issues.