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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Housing Assistance Payment Data

Photo of John CurranJohn Curran (Dublin Mid West, Fianna Fail)
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681. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of HAP and RAS units in each local authority; the average HAP and RAS payment being made in each local authority in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25543/19]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme is funded through a combination of Exchequer monies and tenant differential rents collected in respect of HAP tenancies. Budget 2019 has increased the Exchequer funding for the HAP scheme to €422 million. This will allow for the continued support of existing HAP households and also meet the needs of the additional 16,760 households targeted under Rebuilding Ireland to be supported by HAP in 2019, as well as supporting the roll-out of the Homeless HAP Place Finder Service across the country.

Limerick City and County Council provides a highly effective HAP transactional shared service on behalf of all local authorities. This HAP Shared Services Centre (SSC) manages all HAP related rental transactions for the tenant, local authority and landlord. At the end of Q1 2019, there were more than 45,900 households in receipt of HAP support and over 27,000 separate landlords and agents providing accommodation to households supported by the scheme.

Details of the number of active HAP tenancies and the average monthly landlord payment at the end of Quarter 1 2019, are set out in the following table:

Local Authority Active tenancies End Q1 2019 Average Landlord Payment
Local Authority Active tenancies End Q1 2019 Average Landlord Payment
Carlow County Council 707 €554
Cavan County Council 301 €455
Clare County Council 1,332 €465
Cork City Council 2,167 €774
Cork County Council 3,427 €737
Donegal County Council 1,727 €394
Dublin City Council 2,594 €1,292
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council 437 €1,359
Fingal County Council 1,436 €1,340
Galway City Council 1,465 €807
Galway County Council 1,052 €711
Kerry County Council 1,002 €516
Kildare County Council 2,042 €921
Kilkenny County Council 866 €578
Laois County Council 715 €581
Leitrim County Council 223 €414
Limerick City and County Council 2,219 €584
Longford County Council 297 €408
Louth County Council 2,786 €846
Mayo County Council 1,158 €506
Meath County Council 1,804 €937
Monaghan County Council 555 €490
Offaly County Council 862 €515
Roscommon County Council 370 €457
Sligo County Council 677 €506
South Dublin County Council 2,657 €1,230
Tipperary County Council 1,772 €492
Waterford City and County Council 1,826 €513
Westmeath County Council 716 €559
Wexford County Council 1,131 €527
Wicklow County Council 1,036 €1,005
Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE)* 4,556 *n/a

* The average monthly landlord payment for tenancies set up by the DRHE are recorded against the individual local authority.

Data for the years 2011 to 2018 on the number and cost of tenancies funded under the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) scheme is available on my Department's website at the following link: .

The most recent RAS data reflects the number of tenancies in place at end March 2019, when there were a total of 18,697 tenancies supported under the scheme.

I am providing €134.3 million to support the cost of RAS in 2019 and this funding will go towards supporting 600 additional RAS tenancies targeted to be achieved by local authorities in 2019 and the ongoing cost of supporting continuing RAS contracts in place at the beginning of 2019. It is not possible to accurately predict the number of tenancies that will be supported by RAS at the end of 2019 as numbers in RAS vary as contracts end, tenants move on to other properties, landlords join or withdraw from the scheme, new tenancies are allocated or vacancies in contracted units are filled.

HAP and RAS continue to be key vehicles in meeting housing need and fulfilling the ambitious programme outlined under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.


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