Social Housing is broadly defined as accommodation provided by a local authority or an approved housing body (AHB) for persons who are unable to provide accommodation from their own resources. This includes the provision of housing for eligible low-income earners, the elderly, persons with disabilities, homeless persons and people leaving institutional care with no family accommodation.
In assessing your eligibility and housing need, the local authority will consider such factors as household size, household income, your present accommodation (if any), the condition of that accommodation, and any special circumstances including age, disability, medical circumstances etc. Houses are allocated to applicants in order of priority, taking all circumstances into account.
The rules for the assessment are set out in national legislation and in Westmeath County Council’s Housing Allocation Scheme - Adopted June 2022
Criteria for eligibility for social housing support include:
|Number of persons||Maximum net income|
|2 Adults No Children||€36,750|
|1 Adult 1 Child||€35,875|
|1 Adult 2 Children||€36,750|
|2 Adults 1 Child||€37,625|
|2 Adults 2 Children||€38,500|
|2 Adults 3 Children||€39,375|
|2 Adults 4 or more Children||€40,250|
|3 Adults 4 or more Children||€42,000
The determination of whether an applicant household meets the income criteria will be based on a calculation of their preceding 12 months net income prior to the date of receipt of the application. Household income must be less than the income thresholds applicable to the household size.
Local Connection Means:
– A household member has resided for a continuous five-year period at any time in the area concerned; or
– The place of employment of any household member is in the area concerned or is located within 15 kilometres of the area; or
– A household member is in full-time education in any university, college, school or other educational establishment in the area concerned; or
– A household member with an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment is attending an educational or medical establishment in the area concerned that has facilities or services specifically related to such impairment; or
– A relative of a household member lives in the area concerned and has lived there for a minimum period of two years
(a relative in this instance means – a parent, adult child or sibling, and may include another relative such as a step-parent, grandparent, grandchild, aunt or uncle, who has a close link with the household member in the form of commitment or dependence).
Note: you can only apply for housing support from one local authority.
Westmeath County Council
Áras an Chontae
Westmeath County Council
|Tel: 044 93 32119||Tel: 090 64 42185|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Email: email@example.com|