In 2016, a total of €96,254,326 million was spent on providing services for persons who are homeless across the Dublin Region.
Please see our latest info-graphic in relation to public expenditure on homeless service provision in the Dublin region. The response to homelessness is made through a range of delivery programmes and strategies. Additionally, the voluntary sector contributes significant added value though services it funds via its own fundraising activity.
Specifically, in terms of statutory funding, resources for homeless services are derived from two sources. Firstly, Section 10 funding from Central Government (DECLG) to local authorities under the 1988 Housing Act combined with a contribution (at 10 percent) of funding directly from each local authorities revenue streams. Secondly, the Health Service Executive is a central funder of homeless services provision in addition to its own direct service provision of care and support programmes. In addition fundraising by voluntary sector service providers and donations received by them are expended on services.
All funded services have a Service Level Agreement in place and the agreed principles are as follows:
- All services are required to commit to the principles of Care & Case Management and Housing First and to put into practice interagency and collaborative working in partnership with statutory and other voluntary bodies;
- Services provided will be aligned to the strategic aims and core actions set out in Dublin Region Homeless Action Plan 'Delivering the Pathway to Home' 2014-2016 (New action plan to be published this year 2017);
- Principles of partnership, continuous improvement of service quality, transparency and accountability;
- Rights of Service Users to Services which promote their dignity and rights to participate as full citizens and;
- Operational autonomy of each of the parties whilst recognizing statutory obligations and responsibilities on the part of the funder;
- Provision of Services which relate to the separate 2016 Health Service Executive service level agreement including associated schedule(s).
The total of Public Expenditure on Homeless Service Provision in 2016 was €96, 254,326 million.This is broken down into five categories;
- Homeless Prevention, Tenancy Sustainment and Resettlement Supports €4,182,365
- Day Services €4,380,421
- Long-Term Supported Accommodation €6,560,257
- Housing Authority Homeless Services Provision €8,337,374
- Emergency Accommodation €72,793,910
Details of the amount each service provider receives is available here:
The funding estimate for homeless service provision in 2017 is estimated at €120 million. This forms part of Dublin City Council's adopted budget for 2017. We adhere to the Public Spending Code whereby all Irish public bodies are obliged to treat public funds with care, and to ensure that the best possible value-for-money is obtained whenever public money is being spent or invested.