HOUSING: Council reveal the number of households helped by 'Housing Assistance Payment Scheme'

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HOUSING: Council reveal the number of households helped by 'Housing Assistance Payment Scheme'

As part of meeting the Government’s ambitious “Rebuilding Ireland” target for the Housing Assistance Payment scheme (HAP) of securing housing for 12,000 households nationally in 2016, 697 households on the housing list in Louth County Council have found long-term housing through HAP in 2016.

Since 15/09/2015 when HAP began in Louth more than 1378 households have found housing through the scheme.


HAP is a form of housing support being rolled out nationwide and is available to households who qualify for social housing support, including many long-term rent supplement recipients. HAP recipients, like Rent Supplement recipients, find their own accommodation in the private rented market. Under HAP, local authorities will make payments, subject to rent limits, on behalf of the HAP recipient directly to the landlord in respect of rent. The scheme allows HAP recipients to work full-time and retain their HAP support.


In 2016, a total of 12,075 households nationally joined the HAP scheme.  It is expected that 15,000 households around the country will join the scheme in 2017.

The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 (the Act), which legislates for the HAP scheme, was enacted on 28th July 2014.  Under the Scheme, HAP recipients source their own accommodation in the private rented market (as currently happens with Rent Supplement) and enter into a tenancy agreement with the landlord of the property. The housing authority makes a monthly payment toward the rent for the accommodation directly to the landlord on behalf of the household. This monthly payment to the landlord is within set maximum rent limits and may not always cover the full monthly rent for the property agreed under the terms of the tenancy between the HAP recipient and the landlord. The household pays a rent contribution to the local authority calculated in accordance with the local authority’s differential rent scheme.

There is more detailed information on overall social housing provision including HAP on the Department of Housing, Planning, and Community & Local Government website at:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision


For more information on the HAP scheme please contact the Housing Section of Louth Council or visit the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government website at:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/housing-assistance-payment/housing-assistance-payment