To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning and Local Government the status of a new facility with accommodation for pregnant women that are homeless.
My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homelessness at local level. Statutory responsibility for the provision of accommodation and related services rests with individual housing authorities.
Rebuilding Ireland, the Government's Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness includes a range of measures to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness. One of the measures is to provide a new facility in the Dublin region for pregnant women who are experiencing homelessness. This facility is now operational and has capacity for up to six women. In addition, a number of family hubs operating in the Dublin region have accommodation and supports designated for pregnant women.
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