Humanitarian Assistance Scheme for householders

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The Department of Social Protection has activated its Humanitarian Assistance Scheme to assist householders in county Galway affected by the current bad weather conditions.

The Humanitarian Assistance Scheme, which is means tested, is available to help people whose homes are damaged by flooding and other adverse weather conditions and who are not in a position to meet costs for essential needs, household items and in some instances structural repair.

Stage 1 involves emergency income support payments for items such as food, clothing and personal items and usually ranges from €100 to €500 depending on family size. Stage 2 involves the replacement of white goods and basic furniture and can only be assessed once flood waters abate and houses dry out and stage 3 involves identifying longer term financial support or works required.

You don’t have to be in receipt of social welfare or be on a low income to receive support under the scheme. A reduced level of support is available to families with income over €70,000.

The Department has opened an emergency HAID clinic in Ballinasloe from today. It will be open from 12 noon to 3pm (including through lunchtime) and a Community Welfare Officer will be present to explain the scheme and assist with applications. The clinic is being run from the Social Welfare Inspectors offices in Old Bank Chambers, Society Street (opposite the Emerald Bar). The Community Welfare Service is also available in the Intreo Centre in Loughrea and all queries can also be dealt with there.

If you would like an application form for this scheme, email me at paulj.connaughton@oir.ie or call me on (087) 2354682.