Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Ceisteanna (653)

Martin Heydon

Ceist:

653. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of persons in receipt of HAP in County Kildare in each year since its inception in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51717/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme plays a vital role in providing housing support to eligible families and individuals. At the end of Q2 2019, over 62,700 HAP tenancies had been set-up since the scheme commenced, of which there were more than 48,000 households actively in receipt of HAP support. There were over 28,000 separate landlords and agents nationwide providing accommodation to households supported by the scheme.

The scheme was rolled out across the county in waves, and Kildare County Council was part of wave 2 to participate in the HAP scheme, joining in November 2015. Over the period 2015 to end Quarter 2 2019 more than 3,400 households have been supported in Co. Kildare under the HAP scheme of which 2,109 were active as at end June 2019.

Details of the number of HAP setups in Kildare by year, are set out in the table below:

Year

HAP Tenancy Set-ups

2015

32

2016

773

2017

748

2018

706

2019

366 (Q2)

My Department continues to keep the operation of the HAP scheme under review, which I consider to be a key vehicle for meeting housing need and fulfilling the ambitious programme outlined under Rebuilding Ireland.