Overall social housing provision

Capital assistance scheme (CAS)

Under this voluntary and co-operative scheme, approved housing bodies provide accommodation to meet special housing needs.

Capital loan subsidy scheme (CLSS)

Under this voluntary and co-operative scheme, approved housing bodies provide housing for renting, particularly to meet the needs of low-income families.

Current Expenditure Housing Programmes

Housing Assistance Payment

Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a form of social housing support and the scheme is operated by local authorities.  Under the HAP scheme, monthly payments are made directly to landlords on behalf of the HAP recipient in respect of rent, subject to the conditions of the scheme.  HAP recipients are responsible for finding their own accommodation in the private rented sector.

Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS)

The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) is a social housing support for persons who are in receipt of long-term rent supplement. The RAS scheme is run by local authorities.

Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP)

The Department operates the Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP).  The programme was formerly known as the Social Housing Leasing Initiative.

SHCEP supports the delivery of social housing by providing financial support to local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) for the long term leasing of houses and apartments from private owners and developers.  Properties made available under the programme are used to accommodate households from local authority waiting lists.  Leased properties are allocated to tenants, in accordance with the relevant local authority's allocation scheme.

The Department also offers financial support to AHBs in the form of a long term loan under the Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF) to assist with the financing of the construction or acquisition of units that will be provided for social housing use.  This loan facility can support up to 30% of the eligible capital cost of the project, where the units will be provided under long-term lease arrangements (and funded by the SHCEP) to local authorities for social housing use