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Housing Assistance Payment Scheme

Housing Assistance Payment Scheme helps 805 households in Co Kildare 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, 805 households on the housing list in Kildare County Council have found long-term housing through HAP in 2016.  Since 2 November 2015 when HAP began in Co Kildare more than 900 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.

There is more detailed information on overall social housing provision including HAP on the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government website at:

For more information on the HAP scheme please contact the Housing Section of Kildare County Council or visit the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government website at:


Ends                                                                                                  2nd February 2017

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