88. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of families with children being accommodated in hotels each month since July 2017 to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19606/18 asked on 08 May 2018)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Monthly homelessness data reports are produced by housing authorities using the Pathway Accommodation & Support System (PASS), the single integrated national data information system on State-funded emergency accommodation arrangements overseen by housing authorities. My Department collates this information into monthly national homeless reports, which are available on my Department’s website at the following link:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/homelessness/other/homelessness-data.

These monthly reports include a breakdown of the numbers in families and associated dependents in different categories of emergency accommodation. Commercial hotels are included within the private emergency accommodation category. Details on the number of families and children in hotels specifically is not available in my Department, but certain data in relation to the use of hotels for emergency accommodation in Dublin are available on the Dublin Region Homeless Executive website, www.homelessdublin.ie/info.