Housing Assistance Payment

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Covid-19 in respect of HAP Tenancies


The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a form of social housing support, for people who have a long-term housing need. HAP will eventually replace Rent Supplement for households with a long-term need.

Who is eligible for HAP?

In order to be eligible for HAP, applicants must qualify for social housing support, and be on Dublin City Council’s Housing List. For information on how to qualify for social housing support and application forms go to:

Once you have been placed on the housing list you can request a HAP application pack. This can be done by presenting to the Housing Allocations Section.

Office Address

Dublin City Council

Housing Allocations Section

Block 2, Floor 1

Civic Offices

Wood Quay

Dublin 8

D08 RF3F

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

9.30am – 4.00pm

How HAP Works

Under HAP, the local authority makes a monthly payment to a landlord, subject to terms and conditions including rent limits, on the HAP tenant’s behalf. In return, the HAP tenant pays a weekly rent contribution to the local authority.

The rent contribution charge is the same as the rent paid by a tenant of a local authority owned property. For further information go to:

http://www.dublincity.ie/housing-and-community-i-rent-my-home-i-rent-cou...

https://www.dublincity.ie/sites/default/files/content/Housing/Rent_Scheme...

Benefits of HAP

Applicants can source their own accommodation.

Accommodation can be sourced in other local authority areas - Please note that you must be under the income limit for social housing for that local authority area. The HAP rent limits are also different for each local authority.

For information on the social housing income limits go to:

For information on the HAP rent limits go to: https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/renting_a_home/housing_ass...

HAP tenants can gain employment/increase their income, without it affecting their HAP payment.

Submitting a HAP application

HAP applications can be submitted by post, email or by calling into our office.

Office Address

Dublin City Council

HAP Section

Block 2, Floor 2

Civic Offices

Wood Quay

Dublin 8

D08 RF3F

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

9.30am – 4.00pm

Email: hap@dublincity.ie

T: 01 222 6400

Lorraine Brogan, Administrative Officer, has responsibility for HAP

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