The housing section offers the following to members of the public:
Local Authority Housing
Local Authorities are the main providers of housing for people who are in need of housing and who cannot afford it from their resources.
Capital Assistance Scheme: under this scheme voluntary housing bodies provide accommodation, generally one or two bedroom units, to meet special housing needs such as those of the elderly, disabled, homeless or smaller families.
Rental Subsidy Scheme: under this scheme, voluntary housing bodies provide housing for renting particularly to meet the needs of low income families.
Tenant Purchase Scheme
If you have been a tenant of a Local Authority house for at least one year, you may apply to the local authority from which you rent your house to purchase it either outright or by way of shared ownership.
- Contact Westport Town Council at (098) 50400 for more information.
Shared Ownership Scheme
Offers home ownership in a number of steps to those who cannot afford full ownership in one step in the traditional way.
Affordable Housing Scheme
Unders this scheme new houses are provided by local authorities on land, which they own at discounted prices to eligible purchasers.
Low cost housing sites
Under this scheme, a local authority may make housing sites available at low cost which may be as little as €127 per site. To be eligible for one of these sites, you must be a person whose application for local authority housing has been approved by the local authority.
Mortgage Allowance Scheme
If you are a tenant or tenant purchaser of a local authority house returning your existing house to the local authority and taking out a mortgage of at least €38,092 to purchase a house or to haev a house built for yourself, you may qualify for a mortgage allowance.
Voluntary Housing Schemes and Local Authority Loans for home purchase and improvement
RAS - RENTAL ACCOMMODATION SCHEME
Make the most of your property investment and let with RAS. We can guarantee your rent with no vacant periods for a minimum of four years, no advertising cost and no need for any rent collection on your part. We even screen your tenants as part of our service. It really is the smarter way to let.
For details on how to let your properties the hassle-free way, please call:
Patsy McNulty at 098 50414 Gerri Joyce at 098 50446 Darragh McHugh at 098 50448
RAS Unit, Westport Civic Offices, Altamont Street, Westport, Co. Mayo.
Under this scheme, a local authority may make a grant for the provision of additional accommodation or necessary works of adaptation to your house to meed the needs of a member of the household who is disabled. The grant may be up to 90% of the approved costs.
Local authorities have a wide range of powers to secure accommodation for homeless people.