Housing Assistance Payment for Homeless Households
The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Scheme is a new form of social housing support which is currently being introduced by local authorities across Ireland. HAP will mean local authorities can now provide housing assistance to households with a long term housing need by enabling households to find accommodation within the private rented sector. HAP will eventually replace Rent Supplement for households who have a long term housing need and qualify for social housing support. It will simplify the current system of housing supports and has been designed to allow households to gain full-time employment and remain on the HAP scheme.
Under the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government’s Action Plan to address homelessness announced in December 2014, it was agreed that the HAP scheme would be extended as a pilot aimed at homeless households in the Dublin region. The Homeless HAP pilot is targeted specifically at homeless households who are registered with any one of the four Dublin local authorities, Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin councils.
The Homeless HAP pilot will be for households who;
1) are accepted as homeless by one of the four Dublin Local Authorities within the meaning of section 2 of the Housing Act 1988 (No. 28 of 1988) and
2) occupied homeless accommodation or lodgings made available to the household by virtue of section 10(1) of the Housing Act 1988 on the 1st December 2014 or at any time during the 6 months preceding this date.
The household must have completed the Housing Needs Assessment with one of the four Dublin local authorities.
A dedicated Homeless HAP Unit has been established in the Dublin Region Homeless Executive offices to assist with the implementation and roll out of the pilot across homeless services by working closely with the four Dublin local authorities and providers of Supported Temporary Accommodation (STA) and Temporary Emergency Accommodation (TEA).
If you are staying in emergency accommodation and you are interested in HAP, please make contact with your key worker to find out more information on how to make an application for HAP.
For all other general queries in relation to the Homeless HAP pilot, please email HomelessHAP@dublincity.ie or call 01 222 6877/ 222 3898.