Summary of Social Housing Assessment 2018

PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE IF YOU ARE AN APPLICANT ON THE HOUSING WAITING LIST FOR COUNTY OFFALY

The Housing Section of Offaly County Council has commenced a Social Housing Assessment in accordance with Section 21 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2009.

What is the summary of social housing assessment?
The Summary of Social Housing Assessment is a review of approved applicants for social housing supports who are currently on the Social Housing List with Offaly County Council. The information provided by each relevant approved applicant will be reassessed under the Social Housing Assessment Regulations, 2011 taking into account the applicant’s eligibility and need.

How will the Local Authority contact approved applicants?
The Local Authority will write to the relevant approved applicants on its Social Housing List using the current address provided by the applicant. If you have changed accommodation or contact information since the last SSHA please contact the Housing Section to request an SSHA Update Form, you can also find the form required here or collect one from the Birr, Edenderry or Tullamore Municipal District Offices. The forms must be returned before Friday 20th April, 2018.

What will I have to do?
Each relevant approved applicant is asked to complete a form and provide documentary supporting evidence and return this information to the Local Authority. (If you have any difficulty with completing this form you can contact the Housing Section on 057 935 7409 or hna@offalycoco.ie for assistance).

What will happen if I do not return the information requested?
If you fail to return this information within the specified time period your application for Social Housing will be closed and therefore you will not be considered for future offers of Social Housing Support.

Does this apply to people living in Tullamore and Birr?
Yes, housing applicants to the former Town Councils of Tullamore and Birr are now housing applicants of Offaly County Council and should reply to this Summary of Social Housing Assessment as well.

Does this apply to Social Housing Applicants in receipt of a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)?
No, we are not required to include Social Housing Applicants in receipt of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) in the current Summary of Social Housing Assessment.

Tom Shanahan, Director of Services, Housing

This assessment will establish the housing needs of Co. Offaly. All future lettings of LocalAuthority owned/leased units will be made from this assessment. As such, it is essential that approved Social Housing Applicants return their forms by Friday 20th April, 2018 to OffalyCounty Council as per below:

Offaly County Council, Housing Section, SSHA 2018,Áras an Chontae, Charleville Rd., Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Tel: 057 935 7409, Fax: 057 934 6868, Email: hna@offalycoco.ie