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Housing

The Housing Department in Longford County Council are the main providers of social housing for people who cannot afford to purchase their own accommodation. We own a stock of over 2000 properties and rent houses and apartments to eligible applicants. We are also responsible for maintaining the accommodation.  For further information on the Social Housing options available contact 043-3343499 or email housingofficer@longfordcoco.ie

 

Estate Management

Estate Management is primarily about making Longford’s local authority estates better places to live in.  The Council employs a Housing Liaison Officer and Estate Manager who carry out a range of services including:

  • Advice to Tenants on all details of their tenancy and house management
  • Development of Residents Associations and provide funding to support the upkeep and maintenance of the estates
  • Assist in problems which may occur in estates
  • Investigate complaints of anti-social behaviour

For further information please contact 043-3343499 or email  estatemgr@longfordcoco.ie

 

Voluntary Housing

Longford County Council supports the Voluntary Housing Sector in the provision of various housing schemes throughout the county. There are several Approved Housing Bodies in the county providing accommodation for a variety of needs and household types including persons with special needs, the elderly, homeless and general family type accommodation. The Approved Housing Bodies consult with the us when allocating to such schemes and persons on the Council’s Housing Waiting List may be considered for such housing. For further information on the Social Housing options available please contact 043-3343499 or email housingofficer@longfordcoco.ie

 

Rebuilding Ireland – Vacant Property Options

HAP

HAP is a form of social housing support provided by Longford County Council. HAP enables us to provide housing support for households that qualify for social housing support in privately owned houses and who have a long-term housing need. For further information please contact 043-3343499 or email hap@longfordcoco.ie

RAS and Leasing

Long-term social leasing (10 years+), short-term leasing (4 years+) and the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) (4–7 years) are social housing supports provided to households through the private sector. Landlords can put their properties forward for a period of 4 to 10 years and the local authority will nominate a household to that property. The tenant pays a differential rent to the local authority and the local authority will make payments to the landlord on behalf of the tenant.

These options are available to all people who qualify for social housing supports, including those moving from congregated settings, homeless people, travellers and those residing in the community requiring housing on disability/medical grounds. For further information please contact 043-3343499 or email housingleasing@longfordcoco.ie             

Buy and Renew Scheme

This scheme supports Longford Co Co and Approved Housing Bodies to purchase and renew housing units that require remediation and make them available for social housing use in areas of housing need. The focus is on older stock and derelict properties. For further information please contact 043-3343499 or email  housingcapital@longfordcoco.ie

 Repair and Leasing

This has been developed under Rebuilding Ireland to assist property owners in bringing vacant properties back into use. Where a property requires repairs to bring it up to the standard for required for rented properties, the RLS will pay for the repairs up-front in return for the property being made available to be used as social housing for a period of at least 5 years under either a direct lease or Rental Availability Arrangement with the Longford County Council. For further information please contact 043-3343499 or email housingcapital@longfordcoco.ie

 

Supporting the Vulnerable in the Community

Housing Grants Schemes

There are 3 grants available for older people and people with disabilities to help make their home safer and easier to get around:

  • Mobility Aids Grant for older people and/or people with a disability who find it hard to move around their home due to mobility issues.
  • Housing Adaption Grant for People with a Disability for people with a physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual disability
  • Housing Aid for Older People Grant for people aged 66 years or more to do essential repairs so they can continue to live in their own home. Sometimes this grant can also be paid to people under 66 years old, but only in cases of hardship.

For further information please contact 043-3343499 or email housinggrants@longfordcoco.ie

Homelessness

Longford can provide emergency accommodation through two homeless hostels run by St. Vincent de Paul.  There is also a dedicated settlement worker in the county, with a Homeless Liaison Nurse employed by the HSE who covers Longford/Westmeath.  The HSE also provides a dedicated Community Welfare Officer to deal with homeless persons in the Longford/Westmeath Region.  A Midlands regional homeless action plan is in place to address the issue of homelessness in midland counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath. For further information contact 043-3343499 or email homeless@longfordcoco.ie  

Further information available on Longford County Councils website

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This project was assisted by Longford Local Community Development Committee, Longford Community Resources Clg. and Longford County Council through the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014-2020 which is part-financed by the EU, "The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas" and the Department of Rural & Community Development.       The European Commission.


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