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  • The environmental Health Section is responsible for the inspection of all private rented houses in the city The section is managed by a Principal Environmental Health Officer. There are two Senior Environmental Health Officers – One has a day to day operation role in managing our housing functions – eg the inspection of private rented houses, Rental Accommodation Scheme inspections, Social Leasing inspections and inspections for the Homeless Section One has a day to day operation role in managing all other functions – public health issues, training , complaints,
  • There are now three main pieces of legislation in relation to standards governing private rented houses. The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 commenced on the 1 st February 2009. The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 amended some sections of the 2008 Regulations and commenced on the 1 st December 2009. Certain Sections of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 commenced on the 1 st December 2009 and gave enhanced enforced powers to the Local Authorities.
  • Structural Conditions - There is now a requirement on landlords to properly maintain the exterior of the building Sanitary Facilities - By 2013 all lettings must have bathroom facilities within each letting Heating Facilities - By 2013 the heating in all lettings must be controlled by the tenant Food Preparation - All lettings must be provided with white goods Ventilation - All rooms must be adequately ventilated Lighting- All rooms must have adequate lighting Fire Safety - All lettings must have smoke alarms, fire blankets and for those in multi units buildings they must have an evacuation plan displayed Refuse - Adequate refuse bins must be provided Electricity & Gas - These must be in safe working order
  • Improvement Notice - Where a letting fails to comply with the standards legislation the council can now serve a statutory notice called an Improvement Notice. This compels the landlord to remedy identified defects. Prohibition Notice - Where a landlord fails to comply with an Improvement Notice the council can serve a Prohibition Notice. A Prohibition Notice prevents the property from being re-let Offences - Fines for contravention is now increases to €5000
  • Private Residential Tenancies Board- They are responsible for registering tenancies. They provide DCC with a data base of registered tenancies twice a year. Properties that are not registered with the PRTB are inspected by Environmental Health Officers and the appropriate action taken
  • Environmental Health Officers inspect and report on all the rented accommodation that is to be considered for inclusion on the scheme. Environmental Health Officers have undertaken an number of inspections and reports on properties that is to be considered for inclusion on the scheme Environmental Health Officers inspect and report on all the accommodation used by the Homeless Services Section of DCC.
  • Eric Byrne Council Presentation

    1. 1. Presentation by Chairman of Housing, Social and Community Affairs Strategic Policy Committee Councillor Eric Byrne 20/05/2010
    2. 2. Funding/Development/Construction
    3. 3. Construction Funded by the DOEHLG from the Social Housing Investment Programme (SHIP) to provide new build accommodation for general and special needs housing
    4. 4. Buybacks <ul><li>Funded by the DOEHLG from SHIP </li></ul><ul><li>to provide for the acquisition of second hand properties throughout the city. </li></ul>
    5. 5. CAS: Capital Assistance Scheme <ul><li>Funded by the DOEHLG under the Capital Funding Scheme for approved housing bodies to provide housing for special needs e.g. homeless, elderly, etc. </li></ul>
    6. 6. CLSS: Capital Loan & Subsidy Scheme <ul><li>Funded by the DOEHLG under the Capital Funding Scheme for Approved Housing Bodies to provide general needs housing. This funding stream will cease in 2011. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Part V <ul><li>20% of private residential developments acquired for Social/Affordable housing. </li></ul><ul><li>Funding to meet cost of social units acquired from SHIP, cost of affordable units met from sale of the properties to affordable applicants. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Social Housing Leasing Initiative <ul><li>Long-term leasing of private property to meet housing needs. Lease terms of between 10 and 20 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of leasing the properties to be met from a separate fund additional to the SHIP allocation. </li></ul>
    9. 9. RAS: Rental Accommodation Scheme <ul><li>Under RAS local authorities accommodate households who have been in receipt of rent supplement continuously for a period of at least 18 months and have an identified long-term housing need. The accommodation is sourced from private landlords. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Rent to Buy <ul><li>DCC will operate a pilot “ Rent-to-buy” Scheme for unsold affordable units. Under the Scheme an affordable home can be rented for a period of up to 3 years. The applicant may purchase the home at any time during the 3 years at an agreed price, a proportion of the rent paid can be used towards the purchase. </li></ul>
    11. 11. The Future <ul><li>DCC is exploring new options of funding mixed tenure housing through a combination of public and private financing. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Capital Works Programme 2010
    13. 13. <ul><li>Main Construction/Acquisition Programme - €52.935m </li></ul><ul><li>Capital Assistance Scheme - €9.2m </li></ul><ul><li>Remedial Works – €2.7m </li></ul><ul><li>Regeneration - €17.295m </li></ul><ul><li>Retrofitting Voids/Energy Upgrades - €7.0m </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance with new Rented Standards - €2.0m </li></ul><ul><li>IWILs/Extensions/DPG Extensions - €1.75m </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Main Construction/ Acquisition Programme 2010 est. spend </li></ul><ul><li>New Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Spencer Dock – 112 units - €12.5m </li></ul><ul><li>Buttercup Park – 37 units - €0.2m </li></ul><ul><li>Liberty House – 56 units - €0.1m </li></ul><ul><li>North King Street – 30 units - €0.2m </li></ul><ul><li>Projects on site </li></ul><ul><li>McKee Park – 38 units - €5.15m </li></ul><ul><li>Rafters Road – 3 units - €0.3m </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>Main Construction/ Acquisition Programme 2010 est. spend </li></ul><ul><li>Part V Social Housing </li></ul><ul><li>10 units - €2.4m </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition </li></ul><ul><li>120 units - €30.0m </li></ul><ul><li>Unsold Affordable Units Leasing </li></ul><ul><li>314 units - €1.0m </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Capital Assistance Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Approved 2010 Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic Housing Aid Society – Gardiner Street – 100 units </li></ul><ul><li>Cuan Mhuire – Gardiner Street – 23 units </li></ul><ul><li>Alone – Doyles Cottages – 2 units </li></ul><ul><li>Fr. McVerry Trust – Lisin Glen and Marlborough Court – 2units </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Remedial Works </li></ul><ul><li>Project on site </li></ul><ul><li>Bunratty Road, Phase 1 – 58 units - €3.679m </li></ul><ul><li>New Project </li></ul><ul><li>Bunratty Road, Phase 2 – 32 units – €0.9m </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>Regeneration </li></ul><ul><li>Projects on site </li></ul><ul><li>Lourdes House – 26 units - €3.248m </li></ul><ul><li>Sean Tracey House - 53 units - €5.0m </li></ul><ul><li>New Projects </li></ul><ul><li>St. Michael’s Estate – 32 units – €3.394m </li></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>Other Housing Improvement Works </li></ul><ul><li>450 flats and 157 houses - €7.0m </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance with new Rented Standards - €2.0m </li></ul><ul><li>IWILs/Extensions/DPG Extensions - €1.75m </li></ul>
    20. 20. Regeneration Boards
    21. 26. Allocations & Transfers
    22. 27. <ul><li>The Allocations and Transfers Section allocate Dublin City Council housing stock to persons in need of housing who are approved by Dublin City Council. </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants for housing are prioritised under the Scheme of Letting Priorities which is a scheme approved by the City Council and subject to the provisions of the Housing Acts. </li></ul>
    23. 28. <ul><li>An Assessment of Housing Need is carried out every 3 years as required by Section 9 of the 1988 Housing Act .  The last assessment was carried out in 2008. </li></ul>
    24. 29. <ul><li>Applicants are assessed under the assessment of needs by Staff in the Housing Allocations Section and awarded points based on specified criteria such as </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family composition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current Accommodation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choice of Area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time on the List </li></ul></ul>
    25. 30. <ul><li>There are a number of headings other than General Points under which applicants may be housed including; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Senior Citizens Accommodation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Priority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Welfare Priority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Homeless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traveller Accommodation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Contribution Scheme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surrendering larger Accommodation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>De-tenanting </li></ul></ul>
    26. 31. <ul><li>Once housed for a period of 2 years , and if there is a clear rent account and no history of anti-social behaviour,  City Council Tenants are entitled to apply for a transfer  to alternative  accommodation. </li></ul><ul><li>As of the last Assessment of Housing Need date, 2008, there were  4991 applicants on the  Housing waiting list and  2131 applicants on the Transfer List for whom a Dublin City Council tenancy was deemed the best  housing option. </li></ul>
    27. 32. <ul><li>Dublin City Council housed a total  of  1908 applicants in 2008 ( 903 Housing list, 1005 Transfer list) and 1499 in 2009 ( 637 Housing List list and 862 Transfer list). </li></ul><ul><li>The number has obviously reduced in 2009 with fewer casual vacancies coming back, less new developments being built. </li></ul>
    28. 33. <ul><li>The Allocations section provides a Housing Advisory service to  Applicants, Tenants, Public Representatives, Councillors  and other  Voluntary Organisations.  A large volume of correspondence  is dealt with in the Allocations section on a daily basis. </li></ul>
    29. 34. Housing Maintenance & Estate Management
    30. 35. OVERVIEW <ul><li>Repair and upkeep – 27,000 housing units </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of all common areas, greens, paths, playgrounds etc. in all flat complexes </li></ul><ul><li>Modernising in excess of 700 units per year (Voids) </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance to Council offices, libraries, pools etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Caretaker service – 12,000 flats/apartments </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaning/washing all common areas </li></ul><ul><li>Bin collections / Regular Junk collections </li></ul>
    31. 36. EMPTY PROPERTIES (VOIDS) <ul><li>700+ units currently empty - 3.08 % of housing stock </li></ul><ul><li>National average across all local authorities - 4.7 % </li></ul><ul><li>700+ units modernised annually </li></ul><ul><li>Work largely carried out by direct labour </li></ul><ul><li>Funding of € 7 m secured from DoE </li></ul><ul><li>Energy efficient works a priority </li></ul><ul><li>Voids module in ANITE (Housing Computer System) to be activated. This will allow the progress of voids to be managed and tracked more efficiently. </li></ul>
    32. 37. HOUSING MAINTENANCE REVIEW <ul><li>Council no longer carry out works that are the tenants responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>30 % reduction in repair requests </li></ul><ul><li>No regular maintenance where tenant is over six weeks in rent arrears </li></ul><ul><li>After-hours service strictly for emergencies only </li></ul><ul><li>Updated Tenants Handbook being prepared </li></ul>
    33. 38. ESTATE MANAGEMENT <ul><li>Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Reserved Function – must be in place by 30 th November 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Principal Objectives – * Prevention and reduction * Co-ordination of services * Promote co-operation with Gardai and other bodies * Promotion of good estate management </li></ul>
    34. 39. Focus on Voids
    35. 40. Introduction <ul><li>Minimisation of Void Period means – </li></ul><ul><li>Public Assets used fully </li></ul><ul><li>Good practice in Housing Management </li></ul><ul><li>Housing applicants accommodated quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of rent is reduced </li></ul><ul><li>Lower security costs </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid magnet for anti-social behaviour </li></ul>
    36. 41. Current Situation <ul><li>DCC average % void -- 2.71 % to 3.36 % </li></ul><ul><li>National average -- 4.7 % </li></ul>Void Type Number of Voids Voids as % of net stock Void Awaiting Relet 428 1.71 % Void New Property 60 0.24 % Void Long Term Repair 336 1.34 % Total 824 3.30 %
    37. 42. FINANCE <ul><li>Capital resources have dried up </li></ul><ul><li>Revenue budget shrinking </li></ul><ul><li>Funding secured from DoEH&LG </li></ul><ul><li>€ 7 m available conditional on gains in energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Contractors used sparingly </li></ul><ul><li>Costing of Void repairs project </li></ul>
    38. 43. Delays in Turnaround of Voids <ul><li>Death of Tenant </li></ul><ul><li>Condition of property – major refurbishment required </li></ul><ul><li>Level of Refusals still high </li></ul><ul><li>Low demand areas / Bed-sits </li></ul><ul><li>Dispute re succession of Tenancy </li></ul>
    39. 44. RECENT PROGRESS <ul><li>Reduction in repair requests - Adherence to Tenants Handbook - 30 % reduction in requests received - resources freed up for void work </li></ul><ul><li>Voids Module in ANITE activated - Tracking system - Will identify delays </li></ul><ul><li>Review of Refurbishment Works - Reduced works but in compliance with Standards </li></ul>
    40. 45. Recent Progress ( Continued ) <ul><li>Pre-Transfer Inspections - Property Inspected before Transfer - Works to be put right - Items to be removed / Items to remain - Inspection after Transfer - Costs to be charged </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion of 2 Bed-Sits into 1 unit - Pilot scheme under Void Funding from DoEH&LG </li></ul><ul><li>BER Certificates - Compilation of valuable information on energy efficiency - Possible access to funding under Climate Change Strategy </li></ul>
    41. 47. Condition of Voids
    42. 48. Modernisation of Fireplace - Before & After
    43. 49. Wall Plastering & Decoration
    44. 50. Bathroom Upgrade – Before……
    45. 51. After……
    46. 52. CONCLUSION <ul><li>Challenging task </li></ul><ul><li>Applicants on Housing Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Funding has been secured </li></ul><ul><li>Actions set out in report will improve efficiency and turnover </li></ul>
    47. 53. Environmental Health
    48. 54. Environmental Health - Housing Standards <ul><li>Responsible for the inspection of all private rented </li></ul><ul><li>houses in Dublin City </li></ul><ul><li>Section structure is: </li></ul><ul><li>Principal Environmental Health Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Environmental Health Officers x 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Health Officers x 9 </li></ul>
    49. 55. Environmental Health - Housing Standards <ul><li>Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) </li></ul><ul><li>Regulations 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) </li></ul><ul><li>(Amendment) Regulations 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 </li></ul>
    50. 56. Environmental Health - Housing Standards <ul><li>Key area of the legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Structural Conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Sanitary Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Heating Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Food Preparation & Storage & Laundry </li></ul><ul><li>Ventilation </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Fire Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Refuse Storage </li></ul><ul><li>Electricity & Gas </li></ul>
    51. 57. Environmental Health - Housing Standards <ul><li>Key area of the legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement Notice </li></ul><ul><li>Prohibition Notice </li></ul><ul><li>Offences </li></ul>
    52. 58. Environmental Health - Housing Standards <ul><li>Returns 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Houses inspected 2558 </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement letters served 955 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of inspections 3533 </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Actions 3 </li></ul>
    53. 59. Environmental Health - Housing Standards <ul><li>Private Residential Tenancies Board </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for registering tenancies </li></ul><ul><li>Data base of tenancies supplied to City Council </li></ul><ul><li>Rented properties not registered are inspected </li></ul>
    54. 60. Environmental Health - Housing Standards <ul><li>Rental Accommodation Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Social Leasing Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless Services Section </li></ul>
    55. 61. HOMELESSNESS
    56. 62. <ul><li>Assessment of Housing Need established in 2008 that there were 2,144 Homeless Family Units in the Dublin Region. (Figure has not fluctuated much in meantime) </li></ul>
    57. 63. <ul><li>Consultants engaged in 2008 to produce set of recommendations to deal with Homelessness. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations launched by the Minister in December 2008. </li></ul>
    58. 64. <ul><li>Recommendations compiled into a working document “Pathway to Home” in early 2009. </li></ul>
    59. 65. <ul><li>Implementation Advisory Group established to </li></ul><ul><li>oversee the implementation of all recommendation. </li></ul><ul><li>This group is made up of representative from: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4 Dublin Local Authorities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health Service Executive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntary Bodies, and </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Homeless Agency </li></ul></ul></ul>
    60. 66. <ul><li>The main purposes of “Pathway to Home” are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove need for people to sleep rough. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure that homeless persons do not remain any longer than 6 months in temporary accommodation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide a Housing First model whereby Homeless Persons are moved from temporary accommodation to long-term housing with the necessary tenancy supports built in to enable them to sustain their tenancy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reconfigure current services to ensure that they meet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the actual needs of homeless persons. </li></ul></ul>
    61. 67. <ul><li>Timeframe set for recommendations to be in place by end 2010. </li></ul>
    62. 68. <ul><li>750 tenancies approximately created in 2009 and a further 1,200 needed in 2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Much work already completed on reconfiguration process. </li></ul>
    63. 69. <ul><li>New legislation in place from February 1 st 2010 requires Local Authorities to draw up 3-year Homelessness Action Plans. </li></ul>
    64. 70. Traveller Accommodation
    65. 71. Staffing <ul><li>The Traveller Accommodation Unit (TAU) has a total of 17 staff. Five administrative staff are based in the Civic Offices while there are twelve ‘outdoor’ staff based on various sites throughout the city </li></ul>
    66. 72. Accommodation <ul><li>There are 700 Traveller families resident in DCC’s area. (Census November 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>300 accommodation units are made up in terms of:162 Group Houses and 126 Halting Bays located in Finglas, Ballymun, Coolock, Ballyfermot and Clondalkin </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, there are over 200 Traveller families housed in standard DCC social housing </li></ul><ul><li>The remainder are housed in a combination of private rented, voluntary housing or doubling up on sites, etc. </li></ul>
    67. 73. Functions of the Traveller Accommodation Unit <ul><li>The TAU: </li></ul><ul><li>Provides new build units </li></ul><ul><li>Manages existing stock with a comprehensive caretaker and maintenance service </li></ul><ul><li>Allocates vacant units </li></ul><ul><li>Collects rents </li></ul><ul><li>Removes ‘illegals’ </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, there is a comprehensive Social Worker service provided to Travellers by five Social Workers </li></ul>
    68. 74. Traveller Accommodation Programme (TAP) 2009 – 2013 <ul><li>The TAP 2009 – 2013 was adopted by the City Council in April 2009. The programme provides for 118 new units citywide over five years. It also provides for all Traveller to be placed on Differential Rent, an Indigenous Traveller Policy, a Maintenance Policy, a Loan Guarantee Scheme and a Scheme of Letting Priorities. The Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee (LTACC) comprises of City Councillors, DCC Officials and Traveller Representatives and monitors progress on the Accommodation Programme </li></ul>
    69. 75. Traveller Accommodation Programme (TAP) 2009 – 2013 <ul><li>The 2010 priorities are: </li></ul><ul><li>Finish Avila Park (8 extensions & 1 new house) </li></ul><ul><li>Commence schemes for: </li></ul><ul><li>a) Pigeon House Road (6 houses) </li></ul><ul><li>b) Belcamp Lane (6 houses) </li></ul><ul><li>c) Labre Park (11 houses, 11 bays & Community Centre) </li></ul><ul><li>d) St. Oliver’s Park (new Day Houses) </li></ul><ul><li>e) Avila Gardens (new windows and doors) </li></ul>
    70. 76. Traveller Accommodation Programme (TAP) 2009 – 2013 <ul><li>Differential Rent : All Traveller rents to be placed on Differential Rents from June 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Inter Agency Groups : Continue to progress Labre Park and Coolock Inter Agency Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance : New maintenance contractor about to be appointed </li></ul><ul><li>CCTV : Camera already operational in Coolock. Camera in Labre Park to be reinstated shortly. </li></ul>
    71. 77. Presentation by Chairman of Housing, Social and Community Affairs Strategic Policy Committee Councillor Eric Byrne 20/05/2010
    72. 78. Integration The City Council is taking a lead role in developing a cohesive city level response on integration. With 10 to 15 per cent of our population of migrant origin the City Council is responding with the development of strategic and community based initiatives. The City Council will hold two Social Inclusion Weeks this year as part of the 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.
    73. 79. Children’s Services This unit provides advice and support to staff and communities developing childcare facilities and services in Dublin City. It also promotes the benefits of allowing children to play and actively encourages and assists communities to help make their neighbourhoods more play friendly. The unit works closely with other departments and agencies to meet the City Council's objective of making Dublin a more child friendly city.
    74. 80. City Development Board <ul><li>Dublin City Development Board (DCDB) was set up under the Local Government Act 2001 to bring about enhanced integration and co-ordination between local government, local development, social and state agencies within the City. The Board is a strategic development partnership of key stakeholder interests in the City led by Dublin City Council and is responsible for the implementation of an integrated social, economic and cultural strategy 'Dublin - A City of Possibilities 2002-2012'. </li></ul><ul><li>The Board has representation from: </li></ul><ul><li>Local Government </li></ul><ul><li>State Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Local Development Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Social Partners (Business, Trade Unions, and Community Organisations) </li></ul>
    75. 81. <ul><li>The Strategy represents a broad thematic canvas of the core issues, which impact on the city and its people, which are required to be addressed within the period to 2012. A midterm review of the strategy was completed in 2006 and set out priority actions for the period to 2008: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Family and Children </li></ul><ul><li>Active Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhoods: Building Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprise and Economy </li></ul><ul><li>Migrant New Communities </li></ul>
    76. 82. <ul><li>The Board, through its broad membership, continues to communicate, promote and facilitate a strategic response to current and emerging issues within an ever-changing City context. Integrating its strategic vision within the corporate policy framework of the City Council will strengthen and mainstream delivery on measures to enhance the life of the city and its citizens. </li></ul>
    77. 83. <ul><li>Wider Dublin City Community Infrastructure includes the following projects/initiatives: </li></ul>
    78. 84. RAPID <ul><li>RAPID is a government programme of targeted investment and intervention led by Dublin City Council through Rapid Area Coordinators in 9 areas of the city experiencing significant social and economic disadvantage. Through AITs (Area Implementation Teams) communities can access funding to address local issues such as Estate Enhancement, Traffic Calming, Health, Education, Crime and Security. Significant funding has been invested in communities in the city since the beginning of the programme. </li></ul>
    79. 85. Drug Task Forces <ul><li>Local Drugs Task Forces comprise a partnership between the statutory, voluntary and community sectors and were established in 1997 in the areas experiencing the worst levels of opiate misuse. The type of projects receiving support as part of the plans include local information, advice and support centres for drug users and their families, Community Drug Teams, special projects aimed at children involved in drugs or at risk etc. in the following areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Ballyfermot Ballymun </li></ul><ul><li>Canal Communities Dublin 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin North East Finglas Cabra </li></ul><ul><li>North Inner City South Inner City </li></ul>
    80. 86. Family Resource Centres <ul><li>Family Resource Centres provide a wide variety of supports and services to people within their own community including: </li></ul><ul><li>Information, advice and support to families </li></ul><ul><li>Practical assistance to community groups </li></ul><ul><li>Education courses and training opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Childcare Facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Lone Parents Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Women’s Groups </li></ul><ul><li>After School Clubs etc. </li></ul>
    81. 87. Partnership Companies <ul><li>A number of Local Development Companies operate in the Dublin City Area under the Governments Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDISP) managed by Pobail. </li></ul><ul><li>The work of the Local Development Companies is to counter disadvantage and promote Social Inclusion. </li></ul>