Dáil Éireann - Volume 599 - 24 March, 2005

Written Answers. - Anti-Poverty Strategy.

  196. Dr. Cowley asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the status of the commitment in the national anti-poverty strategy framework document published in November 2001 that by the end of 2002 a special needs housing management allowance would be provided by health boards for the management of supported and sheltered housing schemes provided by the voluntary and co-operative sector; the progress made in discussions (details supplied) towards achieving the target outlined in the national anti-poverty strategy framework document since June 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9790/05]

  Mr. N. Ahern: My Department provides capital funding under the voluntary housing capital assistance scheme to approved housing bodies who provide sheltered housing accommodation [2134] under the scheme. Responsibility for normal management and maintenance of accommodation provided under the scheme is a matter for the relevant approved housing body and the costs incurred by the body in this regard are met from the rental income from the letting of the accommodation.

Assistance to approved housing bodies towards the cost of care and support services provided in sheltered housing projects over and above normal housing management, where these services are necessary, is a matter for the Health Service Executive and in this regard it is understood that the Department of Health and Children has allocated funding of €0.4 million in 2005 to help support older people living in accommodation provided by the voluntary and co-operative sector.