Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) replaces the Short Term Rent Supplement for those with a long-term housing need.
You do not need to be in receipt of Rent Supplement to be eligible for Housing Assistance Payment.
The Short Term rent supplement will continue to be managed by the Department of Social Protection.
If you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, please call 01 2054804 to arrange an appointment.
How does HAP work?
- You must be qualified for social housing support.
- You must qualify to go on our housing waiting list.
- You must submit a HAP Eligibility Assessment Form to be approved for HAP. Approval lasts for 6 months.
- HAP tenants must find their own home in the private rented market (this is the same as the current Rent Supplement Scheme).
- The landlord must agree to rent their property to you.
- We will pay the landlord on the last Wednesday of each month. This payment is subject to terms and conditions.
- You will pay a weekly HAP rent contribution to us, based on your weekly income.
- Rent contributions are generally made through An Post’s Household Budget Scheme, by Bank Standing Order or online.
- If you do not pay this rent contribution, our payment to your landlord will be suspended and eventually stopped. You are then responsible for paying the rent in full.
- You are obliged to notify us of any changes in your income or household size immediately.
- If you take up a job or increase your working hours, you will still be eligible for HAP if you fulfil the other conditions of the scheme.
Tenant HAP Process:
Step 1. You must first ensure you are on our Housing Waiting List.
Submit all information requested on the HAP Checklist including all requested documentation and a HPL1 Revenue Consent Form. Incomplete HAP Eligibility Applications will not be accepted.
Step 2: Once approved, we will post a letter explaining the rent band you will be placed in and a HAP Application Form.
- You fill out "Part A" of the HAP Application Form.
- "Part B" of the HAP Application Form is to be filled out by the Landlord.
Step 3: Once you receive your eligibility confirmation from us, you can approach a landlord regarding your preferred home.
You need to ensure you have all sections of the HAP Application Form filled in and have all documents before submitting the application to our HAP Section. Incomplete HAP Application Forms will not be accepted.
(Note. Section B of the HAP Application Form must to be filled out and can be submitted by your landlord should they wish to do so.)
Step 4: When we receive your HAP Application Form (Sections A+B), your application will be validated and processed.
Step 5: You will be asked to attend a meeting with us to sign a Rent Contribution Form and a Letter of Transfer Form.
The Letter of Transfer Form is your agreement to be moved to the HAP transfer list. Your priority on this list will take account of the time you have already spent on our housing waiting list before entering HAP. You do not lose your time by moving to the HAP transfer list.
Please note before being considered for the HAP scheme, existing housing applicants must have their files reviewed by HAP eligibility to ensure they still qualify for social housing.
A list of the documentation needed for a file to be reviewed can be found under Related Documents on this page.