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Senator Victor Boyhan is a regular contributor to Seanad Eireann debates.

He specialises in areas of concern to local councillors, local government and local enterprise.

He believes in transparency, openness and social justice.

He has taken an interest in the issue of refugees and the homelessness problem..

Housing Assistance Payement (HAP) Scheme

HAP is a form of social housing support provided by all local authorities. HAP means that local authorities can provide housing assistance for households who qualify for social housing support, including many long-term Rent Supplement recipients.

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Under HAP, local authorities will make a monthly payment to a landlord, subject to terms and conditions including rent limits, on a HAP tenant’s behalf. In return, the HAP tenant pays a weekly contribution towards the rent to the local authority. This ‘rent contribution’ is based on the household income. It is calculated in the same way as the rent paid by a tenant of a local authority owned property.

Why is HAP being introduced?

HAP provides a more integrated system of housing supports and aims to:

  • allow HAP tenants to work full-time and still keep their housing support, and
  • allow all social housing supports to be accessed through one body – the local authority.

Who is eligible for HAP?

  • Any household that qualifies for social housing support, and is not currently housed by their local authority, can apply for HAP.
  • Current Rent Supplement recipients who qualify for social housing support will be transferred from Rent Supplement to HAP on a phased basis.

Your local authority can determine your eligibility for social housing support and HAP. Contact your local authority here.