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Overall social housing provision

Rebuilding Ireland - Progress against Targets


This Section provides detail on Social Housing delivery across all streams under Rebuilding Ireland – Build, Acquisition, Leasing, HAP and RAS.

The Social Housing Output Overview tables for 2016 and 2017 have been revised following a review of the data presentation of delivery outputs. The revised tables present outputs under the Rebuilding Ireland: An Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness 2016-2021 delivery streams of Build, Acquisition and Leasing along with HAP and RAS which is consistent with the discrete annual targets set out under Pillar 2 of the Action Plan This is a move away from presenting the data grouped by funding stream and programme. The revised presentation aims to provide clarity in relation to LA delivery and AHB delivery under each delivery stream.

The LA New Build output figures consolidates all local authority new unit construction activity, including units delivered by traditional construction, rapid build, turnkey, regeneration and Part V units, but do not include the number of void local authority units brought back into use through local authority construction activity; these are included in the All Build output figure which represents all construction activity undertaken by local authorities and approved housing bodies (AHBs) to increase the supply of social housing.

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)

The CLSS commenced in 1991 to provide mortgage finance to AHBs by way of loans from the local authorities, to meet the cost of providing social rented accommodation for low-income families. The scheme terminated in 2009 for new approvals, over 10,000 units of accommodation have been provided by the AHB sector with funding provided under the scheme.

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.


A range of housing options are necessary to ensure a supply of accommodation to meet different types of social housing need. In addition to their traditional build and acquisition delivery programmes, local authorities also deliver social housing by leasing houses and apartments from private owners and allocating them to tenants from their social housing lists.

Leased properties can be sourced from a range of different sources - including direct leasing by local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies, the Mortgage to Rent Scheme, the Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS) and the newer Enhanced Leasing Scheme - and have the potential to provide faster and more flexible delivery than traditional delivery methods. Of the 50,000 social homes to be delivered under Rebuilding Ireland out to 2021, over 10,000 will be leased by AHBs and LAs.

Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS)

The Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS) was established under Pillar 5 of Rebuilding Ireland to harness the accommodation potential that exists in certain vacant properties around the country. Subject to the suitability of the property for social housing the scheme provides for the cost of any necessary repairs to a vacant dwelling to be met upfront by the local authority or AHB. The property owner then enters into a lease arrangement with the local authority or AHB and the value of the repairs is offset incrementally against the agreed rental payment over a defined period within the lease. Properties in RLS are counted in the Department’s delivery output under Leasing.

Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP)

The Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP) supports the delivery of social housing by providing financial support to local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) for the leasing of houses and apartments. These properties are either privately owned or owned by AHBs. Properties made available under the programme are used to accommodate households from local authority waiting lists.

The following schemes are currently supported under SHCEP:

  • Properties leased and owned by AHBs, including properties funded under CALF, and delivered under Payment and Availability Agreements (P&As);
  • Direct leasing by local authorities from private owners;
  • Properties in the Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS);
  • AHB Mortgage to Rent (MTR) and the expanded MTR scheme;
  • Properties leased to local authorities and AHBs from NARPS;
  • Unsold Affordable Dwellings managed by AHBs for local authorities;
  • Enhanced Leasing