Housing aid law comes into force
The number of households that can benefit from housing aid has substantially increased following the introduction of a new law on January 1.
The criteria to receive housing aid has been revised to include:
- Reducing the income ratio required to be eligible for rental subsidy to 25%
- Social transfers will no longer be considered when calculating the household income
- The condition of six months of regular income is abolished and replaced with three months of income
- Modifications in the low-income threshold, which defines the eligibility for support – for instance, to a maximum of €2,500 for a single person
The government said the changes would affect all types of households, including single persons, single-parent families and households with children.
It is expected to increase the number of eligible households to 35,020.
Individual aid through a 'rent subsidy' was first introduced in January 2016.
Since then, each beneficiary household has benefited from an average subsidy of €126 per month.