The Humanitarian Assistance Scheme provides emergency financial assistance to households who are not able to meet costs for essential needs immediately following flooding or severe weather events.
It is designed to alleviate hardship rather than provide full compensation for damage.
The scheme is activated by the department in response to a severe weather event.
The following is covered under the scheme:
The following is not covered under the scheme:
Payments are subject to an income test which determines your household’s ability to meet the costs of restoring your home to a habitable condition. All household income will be considered.
Levels of payment will depend on the relative severity of damage experienced and your ability to meet these costs.
You can contact the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's Community Welfare Service at your local office.
An application form is available to download here or from your local office.
To help process your claim, you must have the following: