HAP Press Release

Housing Assistance Payment Scheme helps 211 households in Sligo find Housing in 2016.

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, 211 households on the housing list in Sligo County Council have found long-term housing through HAP in 2016. Since November 2015 when HAP began in Sligo County Council more than 220 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.

For more information on the HAP scheme or on overall social housing provision please contact the Housing Section of Sligo County Council or visit the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government website