Just 80 successful applications in Dublin for new housing scheme – Hayes

Local authorities must ensure success of innovative Housing Assistance Payment Scheme

 Fine Gael Dublin MEP Brian Hayes has today (Friday) said that since the introduction of the Government’s Housing Assistance Payment Scheme there have been 80 successful applications across Dublin. The Housing Assistance Payment Scheme was introduced to support people who have a long-term housing need and who qualify for social housing support. South Dublin County Council began operating the scheme in October 2014 with Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council and Fingal County Council following in early 2015.

“To date 77 applicants in South Dublin County Council have been successful while three have been successful in Dublin City Council. Both Fingal County Council and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council began operating the scheme one month ago with figures due to be published in coming weeks. Dublin City Council currently has another 40 applications pending. In total across the country 1,298 households are in receipt of HAP.

                                     SDCC    Dublin City    DL/Rathdown        Fingal

Successful HAP              77             3                 Pending            Pending

“The Housing Assistance Payment scheme was introduced to replace rent supplement for people who have a long term housing requirement. People who are on a local authority housing list, currently renting and in receipt of rent supplement are eligible to apply. It allows applicants to source their own accommodation – within a set rent limit based on family size and location. The local authority then pays the landlord the agreed rent with the applicant paying a differential rent to the local authority.

“The HAP scheme is a great scheme that will help address requirements for long term housing. These are the results so far, with the scheme only partially in operation in the capital. Local authorities need to ensure these numbers increase in the coming months.”

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