What is Social Housing Support?
Social housing support is housing provided by a local authority or an approved housing body to people who are assessed as being unable to afford housing from their own resources. If living in a local authority dwelling, the State is effectively your landlord.
How can I apply for Social Housing Support?
The provision of social housing is delivered through your Local Authority and an approved housing body. To qualify, you must be eligible for social housing, and you must be in need of social housing.
· The housing authority will assess your eligibility first.
· If you are eligible, it will then assess if you need social housing.
To be regarded as eligible for social housing you must satisfy the income criteria. You must also show that you do not have suitable alternative accommodation.
More information on social housing provision can be found here
What is HAP?
The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a form of social housing support provided by your local authority.
Local authorities make a monthly rental payment on your behalf to your landlord, subject to terms and conditions, including rent limits. In return, the HAP tenant pays a weekly contribution towards the rent to the local authority.
HAP allows you to work full-time, while still receiving housing support
How do I apply for HAP?
You must be qualified for social housing support by your local authority, which means you must qualify to go onto your local authority housing waiting list. If you are already on your local authority’s housing list and are not currently in a form of social housing, you will be eligible for HAP. Your local authority can check if you qualify for social housing support and HAP. More information on HAP can be found here