A new protocol has been established between the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and Tusla. Under this new protocol, if you are a victim of domestic violence will be able to apply for Rent Supplement on referral by Tusla or by Tusla-funded service providers.
Where an application is made, Rent Supplement will be provided for an initial three months and will not require a means test. You will only be required to pay a minimum contribution towards your rent, regardless of your means, for this period.
After the first three months have passed, you may be provided with a further three month extension of Rent Supplement; however, this will be subject to the usual means assessment and eligibility criteria of the Scheme.
If you have a long term housing need beyond this six month period, you will need to apply to your local housing authority for social housing support; if eligible, you will be able to avail of a local authority sponsored housing solution, including Housing Assistance Payment Scheme.
The pilot phase of this protocol will last for six months.