The Following is a letter From The Housing Department Fingal County Council re Housing Priority;
I wish to bring to your attention Circular 31/2015 (as attached) which directs that Fingal County Council operate its allocation scheme in accordance with the following direction from 7th August to 31st January 2016.
· That each housing authority must ensure that at least 50% of dwellings available for allocation under section 22 of the 2009 Housing Act during the aforementioned period will be allocated to households that on or before 1 June 2015 have been deemed by the Council to have one or more of the following needs:
o Was in an institution, emergency accommodation or a hostel (i.e. a homeless household within the meaning of Section 2 of the Housing Act 1988);
o Has an accommodation requirement arising from an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment; and
o Was in accommodation that was unsuitable for the household’s adequate housing on exceptional medical or compassionate grounds (i.e. including households the subject of domestic violence and young people leaving State care and as such deemed to be a vulnerable household
12th August 2015
Circular Housing 31/2015
To the Chief Executive of
Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council
Housing Allocation Scheme – Ministerial Direction
Dear Chief Executive,
I am directed by Mr Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to refer to the Action Plan to Address Homelessness and the Implementation Plan on the State’s Response to Homelessness.
Section 22(17)(a) of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 provides that the Minister may issue directions to a housing authority regarding the operation of an allocation scheme and the housing authority shall comply with any such direction in operating the scheme.
The Minister has decided to issue a Direction to your authority in accordance with Section 22(17)(a) of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and this Direction is enclosed. This Direction will apply from 7 August 2015 to 31 January 2016 and will be reviewed in advance of that date. This means that your authority’s current allocation scheme is required to operate in accordance with this Direction.
Please make the necessary arrangements to ensure that your authority complies with this Direction. Your particular attention is drawn to the qualifying needs under 1. (ii) and (iii) of the Direction. Only those described as vulnerable due to disability or those in unsuitable accommodation on exceptional medical grounds or compassionate grounds (domestic violence and young people leavi