Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Place Finder

The Homeless HAP Scheme (Place Finder) provides additional financial and related supports to tenants and landlords, along with all of the benefits of the national HAP scheme.

Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a form of social housing support provided by all local authorities and allows households that find full-time work to remain in the scheme.  HAP replaces Rent Supplement for those with a long-term housing need who qualify for social housing support.  Under HAP, local authorities provide housing assistance for households with a long-term housing need, including many long-term Rent Supplement recipients.

 

HAP Place Finder will:

  • Identify properties and match them with clients from the target group
  • Arrange to pay the deposit for a property to the landlord / agent on behalf of the tenant
  • Arrange to pay one month’s rent in advance on behalf of the tenant
  • Arrange to pay the monthly rent in advance to the landlord / agent each month
      

Why do we need HAP Place Finder?

  • Housing Crisis
  • Need to provide additional supports for target group
  • Assist households in emergency accommodation primarily by providing access to deposits and advance rental payments
      

Contract:

  • The contract will be a private contract between the landlord and the HAP tenant.  The HAP tenant is the landlord’s tenant and not a tenant of the local authority.  The tenancy will be governed by the terms of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 (as amended).
      

How YOU can help:

  • Are you a potential landlord but don’t know where to start?
  • Are you an agent with hard-to-let properties?
  • Do you want to help reduce the homeless problem in Sligo?
      

For more information contact HAP Place Finder service at 071 9111210 or mcollery@sligococo.ie