Agenda and minutes

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Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Minutes of the Social Housing SPC Meeting held on 25th January 2017 were CONFIRMED and ADOPTED.


Matters arising from the Minutes

No matters were raised by members.


Information submitted by members for written reply: pdf icon PDF 49 KB


Councillor A. Colgan


The reply was NOTED.





Motion of Sympathy

The Chairperson expressed deepest sympathy on behalf of the committee to Ann Hegarty on the loss of her mother earlier in the week. 


The motion was AGREED.


The Chairperson, the Members, the Director and staff stood and observed a minutes silence as a mark of respect.



Directors Business



Rebuilding Ireland Pillars 1 & 2



A report on Rebuilding Ireland Pillars 1 & 2 was given by Catherine Keenan, Director of Housing.  There followed a wide ranging question and answer session on the report.



Rebuilding Ireland: Pillars One & Two

Commitments and Actions – Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council


Pillar One:  Address Homelessness






By mid-2017 Hotels only to be used in limited emergency circumstances.

The provision of new supported Temporary Accommodation Facilities for families such as the new High Park Family Hub in Drumcondra to be introduced.  This facility will be operated by Crosscare and will provide accommodation for approximately 50 families to include play, space, cooking and laundry facilities and communal recreation facilities.  Opportunities to secure new facilities for families continue to be explored.


DRHE/Homeless Services

·        DRHE shared service includes a central placement service between the 4 Dublin LA’s

·        Homeless Services are funded by the 4 Dublin LA’s and the DRHE

·        Nationally, there were approximately 2,700 sustainable exits from homelessness in 2016.



Ensure adequate supply of emergency accommodation

206 additional beds in supported temporary accommodation are now available in Dublin across 4 facilities.



Expanded Rapid Build

Under Rapid delivery there is a target of 1500 units by 2018.  .  DLR are currently out to tender for 12 rapid delivery units in Georges place.  A land swap for a site that had been earmarked for rapid delivery secured 28 units at Hazelbrook, Churchtown.  Feasibility studies are currently being carried out for other sites. 



Housing Agency initiative to acquire vacant houses (1600 by 2020 - €70m revolving fund)

The Housing Agency has been given a €70m rolling fund to purchase housing units from banks and investors. 



Targets for tenancies for Housing First Teams to increase from 100 to 300

There is a target of 60 DLR Housing First tenancies to be provided in 2017. 

The HSE provided additional funding in Q4 2016 to commission additional Intensive Case Managers (ICM) as part of Dublin’s Housing First service and staff team. These ICMs will support clients to maintain their tenancy.



Supports for homeless people with mental health addiction issues to be increased from €2m to €6m

Additional funding of €2m was provided to the HSE in 2016 for the provision of case management and support for homeless people with chronic and enduring health needs, in collaboration with mental health services. This will be increased to €6m this year.



Increased HAP and rent supplement limits

Revised Rent Limits came into effect in July 2016 with an average 29% across Dublin.




Independent legal and financial advice for people facing serious mortgage arrears

Abhaile is a new service to help homeowners find a resolution to home mortgage arrears. It provides vouchers for free financial and legal advice and help from experts, which are available through MABS Helpline 0761 07 2000, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm




Facilitate more households with Mortgage to Rent

Following a review of the mortgage-to-rent scheme, several changes were announced in February 2017.  Borrowers will now apply to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.


Work Programme

Councillor D. Smith


This item to be RE-ENTERED at the next Social Housing SPC meeting.


Any Other Business


The Chairperson informed the committee that committee member Ms. Catherine Kenny of Dublin Simon Community, Social Inclusion Sectoral Representative, cannot attend SPC meetings for the foreseeable future due to illness and it was proposed by Councillor C. Devlin and seconded by Councillor K. Feeney that Evelyn Hyder of Dublin Simon Community would act as temporary replacement on the Committee.  This was AGREED.


Date of Next Meeting


The meeting concluded at 7.00pm, the next meeting to be held on Wednesday 28th June 2017.