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Housing Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 21 June 2022

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Questions (271)

Richard Boyd Barrett


271. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he will provide the numbers of those in need of housing across all local authorities; if these figures will include those that are on housing assistance payment and rental accommodation scheme transfer lists as these tenancies are not secure and permanent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32527/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Details on the number of households qualified for social housing support in each local authority administrative area is provided in the annual statutory Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA). 

The most recent summary for all counties, conducted in November 2021, is available at:

The key figure reported in the SSHA is referred to as ‘net need’. Net need is the total number of households qualified for social housing support whose need for support is not being met. This total excludes:

- duplicate applications – where a household has applied to more than one authority for social housing support, only their first application was included in the count;

- those in receipt of social housing support – for example, households currently living in local authority rented accommodation, approved housing body accommodation, accommodation provided under the HAP scheme, accommodation provided under the RAS, or accommodation provided under the SHCEP schemes;

- households on a transfer list – any household that has applied for a transfer from an existing form of social housing support including HAP.

Question No. 272 answered with Question No. 247.