Accommodation is provided for Programme refugees when they arrive in the State. This accommodation may be in a reception centre, a bed and breakfast, a hotel, a hostel, a house, a flat or an apartment.
If you have been granted international protection (refugee status or subsidiary protection) or permission to remain and you have been living in a direct provision accommodation centre, you will have to leave that centre and move into other accommodation. This may be in social housing (public housing) or in private rented housing. You can now move to live in any part of the State that you wish. If you were already living in private rented accommodation, your change of status will not affect your immediate housing circumstances.
You can read more information about finding accommodation in this guide to living independently (pdf) for people who have been granted refugee status or subsidiary protection or permission to remain.
Local authorities are the main providers of social housing for people who cannot afford to buy their own homes. Local authority housing is allocated according to eligibility and need. Rents are based on the household’s ability to pay. Housing associations and housing co-operatives also provide social housing for people who cannot afford to buy their own homes.
You should register at the office of your local authority to go on the waiting list for housing. The local authorities have a number of housing options depending on your income level and housing need.
If you do not qualify for social housing or if there is a long waiting list for social housing, you should consider living in private rented accommodation, which you will have to find yourself. You may qualify for financial help with paying the rent under one of the following schemes:
The Residential Tenancies Board has published a guide on being a good tenant (pdf).
If you find yourself homeless or you think you may lose your home, you should generally contact your local authority to access accommodation. In Dublin and Cork, the local authorities and the Department of Social Protection provide dedicated services for homeless people. Our document on agencies that provide services for homeless people gives details of where to apply for the various supports.
If you have sufficient finance and a regular income, you can apply for a mortgage to buy a house.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.