Housing assistance

It does not matter if you are a tenant or an owner, it is important to know that you can benefit from several housing aids. Among the latter and in this order of priority, we find personalized housing assistance (APL), family housing allowance (ALF), social housing allowance (ALS) or even in certain cases , the moving allowance. These grants are not cumulative.

In order to have a better understanding of these and more particularly to know which ones you may have access to, here is an explanatory list of each of these housing aid.

Personalized housing assistance or APL

This allowance is aimed at those who are tenants of new or old accommodation approved by the state. Students and families in financial difficulty are often the ones who benefit from it, also owners who have taken out a social home loan, also called PAS, a home ownership assisted loan, PAP, or even a approved loan, PC, with the aim of acquiring an old or new home, with or without improvement work.

Eligibility conditions:

  • It is mandatory to occupy one’s personal residence for a minimum of eight months per year
  • The resources available must not exceed the regulated ceiling
  • The tenant and the owner must not be from the same family.

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The family housing allowance or ALF

This benefit is for those who are:

  • Either in a credit repayment situation, the purpose of which would be to acquire their main residence or to carry out work there.
  • Either tenants of their main residence.
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The people concerned by this allowance do not generally fall within the scope of the APL and are often couples who have been married for less than five years, who have children, born or unborn, or other persons dependent.

The eligibility conditions are the same as for the APL.

Social housing allowance or ALS

The latter also targets the same profile of individuals as the family housing allowance, ALF, who do not meet the necessary conditions to benefit from the other allowances.

The beneficiaries are often students or dependents, pensioners in a fragile financial situation, or people with physical or mental disabilities.

The eligibility conditions are the same as those mentioned above.

The moving bonus

This allowance is exclusively intended for parents who are planning to move because they are expecting the arrival of a third or more child, or who have at least three children, the youngest of whom has not yet turned two.

The persons concerned have a period of six months after their move to submit their request. However, in order to benefit from it, it is essential to:

  • Benefit from the ALF or the APL with regard to the new home.
  • Make the move between the first day of the calendar month following the third month of pregnancy and the last day of the month preceding the day of the two years of the youngest child.

It is extremely important to be aware of the fact that the importance of bonuses and aids is proportional to the situation of each individual. The calculation will therefore be made according to the latter, based on elements such as the location of the residence, the resources of the household, the number of dependent children and others.

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