Social-assistance housing

Those who have a limited budget or who lack housing because of other reasons can apply for social-assistance housing or other assistance from their own local community.


Social-assistance housing

  • People having problems because of lack of housing can obtain advice from the municipal social services on entitlements and available solutions.
  • Those who are in urgent need of housing and not able to provide housing for themselves due to social and financial reasons may be entitled to receive social-assistance rental housing, housing through lease purchase, or proprietary housing.
  • The residents of social-assistance rental housing may be entitled to housing benefits.

Application and allocation

  • You apply for social-assistance housing to the housing representative or the municipal social services using forms you can get from those services.
  • Social-assistance housing is allocated according to criteria relating to the applicant's family circumstances, social circumstances, income, and the value of their assets.
  • Local communities adopt further criteria of their own for the allocation of social-assistance housing and the administration or such housing. 
  • Appeals can be made to the social services regarding the decisions of the social affairs committees that dispose of cases involving social-assistance housing.

Links of interest

Laws and regulations