When an individual or a couple feel they are eligible to apply for a house they should contact the Superintendent at the place they wish to be considered for and ask for an Application Form which must be completed in full.
The Form asks for the name and contact details of a householder or clergyman plus two persons whom the Charity may contact for a reference.
What you should know
The Form will seek answers to show if the Applicant is eligible for a house, so a person or couple should:
Have a connection to the county where the house is ie. living there or having been brought up there for a significant time.
Demonstrate reasons why their present housing is inadequate and a Sheils house would be an improvement.
Show that they have previously enjoyed a better standard of living and have now suffered “harder times.” This is to accord with the wishes of the founder in his Will.
Produce full and complete details of their assets ie. any house or property owned, investments or cash, and of their income from all sources including any State Benefits.
If you live in Northern Ireland:
For Applicants to houses in Northern Ireland, if not eligible for full Housing Benefit, the Applicant must be prepared to pay the full Weekly Charge or, in very exceptional circumstances make a case to the Governors for assistance.
If you live in the Republic of Ireland:
Applicants to the Stillorgan houses must be able to pay the full Charge unless eligible for Rent Assistance, or, in very exceptional circumstances make a case to the Governors for assistance.
The application process
Once the Application has been received by the Superintendent, and the Local Board has had satisfactory reports from the referees, the Applicant will be invited for interview by a panel of two or three members of the Local Board.
If approved the Applicant will be offered a house if there is a vacancy or placed on the Waiting List if not. Note that if there are several on the Waiting List the next vacant house will not be offered to the one longest on the List, but to the one who most needs it.
Before moving in the Applicant must produce a medical certificate to confirm that the person or couple are fit to live independently, as the Charity does not provide care. The Superintendent is there to ensure the smooth running of the community and to be available in case of emergency.
The Charity provides a house and is responsible for all exterior and major repairs, while the resident is responsible for internal decoration and may be charged for any wilful damage.
Pets are not allowed unless with approval of the Local Board, which may require a pet to be removed if it becomes a nuisance, in the opinion of the Local Board, to other residents or visitors.
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