The project originated on behalf of Dublin City Council Housing and Residential services between the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) and the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) based within the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at Maynooth University.
The project focuses on demonstrating how the cartographic visualisation of housing data for Dublin and the production of an online housing monitoring tool can be used to support decision-making in relation to the delivery by a local authority of its role and statutory responsibilities in the provision of housing and related services.
The Housing Monitoring System contains an exhaustive set of all housing Census variables in Ireland. Within the system there are over 700 variables available to users. The monitoring systems provides easy access to Census housing data at both the Electoral Division (ED) and Small Area (SA ) level across the region. Time series data is also available at the ED level however this is not available at the SA area as data has only been captured for 2011.
In addition to this, the study worked with the Department of Social Protection to gain access to a 'Rent Supplement' database and investigate the potential for mapping the level of public expenditure that currently supports private rented housing across the Dublin region. Following a strict data protection protocol the project team have aggregated data to produce non-disclosive variables on Rent Supplement at the Electoral Division level across the Dublin region. Variables are available on total payments, payments per '000 households, payments by gender, payments by length of claim and also levels of actual expenditure on a monthly basis at the local level.
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