15 October 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

“In Co Monaghan we try to prevent homelessness – I see that as our major role,” Monaghan Co Council Social Worker Mary Walker told Monday’s meeting of the local authority when delivering a presentation on the Draft Homelessness Regional Action Plan. Ms Walker told the meeting that the production of a Regional Action Plan to address homelessness was a requirement of the Housing Act.

The plan had to specify the measures proposed to be undertaken to address homelessness in the administrative areas of the region’s local authorities, which were responsible for housing provision. An action plan had to be produced every three years and this was done by the housing authority in consultation with the Regional Homeless Consultative Forum.

The plan had to be approved by the elected members of the local authority. The Housing Act required the plan to address the prevention of homelessness, its reduction in both extent and duration and the provision of services including emergency accommodation. The emergency accommodation available to Co Monaghan comprised one bed in the Dundalk Simon Centre, three one-bedroom apartments at Castleblayney Trust, and private emergency accommodation…

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