On the 26th of July, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability Integration and Youth published a press release announcing the opening of the application process for the €400 Accommodation Recognition Payment.
Approximately 37,500 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland since the conflict broke out in March 2022. This came at a time when Ireland was suffering a severe shortage of suitable accommodation.
With this new scheme, it is hoped that many Irish homes will open up their spare rooms to the women and children of Ukraine.
Key information about the ‘Accommodation Recognition Payment’
In order to qualify for the ‘Accommodation Recognition Payment’ you must meet the following criteria:
1. The hosting commitment must be for a minimum term of 6 months and has to be offered to at least one person.
2. You must be over the age of 18
3. The host accommodation must be located within the state
4. The accommodation must meet a minimum set of standards
5. Be either the owner or tenant and have the full consent to offer the hosting
No Garda vetting is necessary.
The payment of €400 is per property and not per person.
Payments will begin on Tuesday the 9th of August 2022 and will be paid on the first Tuesday of every month thereafter.
The ‘Accommodation Recognition Payment’ will be made in arrears. So if your application is accepted and you provide temporary accommodation for the month of August then you will receive payment on the first Tuesday of September.
To be eligible to receive the €400 payment there must be at least one person being hosted in your property on the last calendar day of that month.
If you have already provided temporary accommodation before the 9th of August, you may also be entitled to a backdated payment all the way back to the 4th of March.
Any income earned by the host will not be subject to income tax.
Where to apply
You can apply here through the mywelfare page. ( You will need a MyGovID account ).
The application process is super easy and will just take you a couple of minutes.
Below is what information you will be asked for during the process: