Carlow had 522 Rental Accommodation Scheme tenancies up until May of this year
Carlow had 522 Rental Accommodation Scheme tenancies up until May of this year and only eight counties had fewer people in receipt of payments.
Sinn Fein's Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of active Rental Accommodation Scheme tenancies by local authority area for the most recent month available.
In a written response last month, Minister Eoghan Murphy said: "The most recent month for which the number of active RAS tenancies is available is May 2018, at which point there were a total of 19,388 active RAS tenancies."
The figures he published revealed the counties that had fewer tenancies, these included: Clare (376); Galway City (438); Galway County (339); Laois (228); Leitrim (109); Longford (203); Louth (121); Monaghan (209); Offaly (133).
Under the Rental Accommodation Scheme, local authorities draw up contracts with landlords to provide housing for an agreed term for people with a long-term housing need.
The local authority pays the rent directly to the landlord. Tenants may continue to contribute to their rent but they pay this contribution to their local authority, not to their landlord.
If you are getting Rent Supplement for a long period and you are in need of long-term housing, you may be eligible for the Rental Accommodation Scheme.
The local authority makes the final decision regarding who is eligible under the scheme. In general, people who are getting Rent Supplement for more than 18 months are considered for RAS.
A significant difference between RAS and Rent Supplement is that tenants who take up full-time employment can stay in the RAS scheme, with a recalculated rent.