Press Release

Hanafin welcomes action plan on youth homelessness

Ms Mary Hanafin T.D.the Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for children welcomed the action plan on Youth Homelessness announced today, Monday 17 April 2000, by the Eastern Regional Health Authority in response to the Report of the Forum on Youth Homelessness.

Ms Mary Hanafin T.D. Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children with special responsibility for children said ” The plan of action announced by the Eastern Regional Health Authority to tackle youth homelessness is very welcome.”

She added that she has made £1.5m available this year to allow the Eastern Regional Health Authority to implement the first phase of the plan. The Minister for State said that she was committed to making additional resources available in 2001 to the ERHA to allow it to replicate the range of services to the six Dublin suburban areas of greatest need.

“This Government is committed to tackling youth homelessness and ensuring every child who needs help will receive it. The ERHA action plan is a very important initiative in realizing these objectives”

The Minister for State added that the Report of the Forum on Youth Homelessness in the ERHA region will be considered in the context of the National Strategy on Youth Homelessness which is being prepared and will be finalised later this year.The Strategy will provide a more strategic and planned approach to youth homelessness .

The Minister for State said “The Chair Dr Miriam Hederman-O’Brien and members of the Forum are to be congatulated on the Report. The work of the Forum has been a very valuable exercise for the statutory and voluntary involved and the Forum Report will prove extremely useful in the preparation of the National Strategy”.