Applications for social housing support are assessed by the relevant local authority, in accordance with the eligibility and need criteria set down in section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and the associated Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011, as amended.
As social housing support is intended to address a household’s long-term housing need it is expected that any household applying for such support should have a long-term right to reside in the State. My Department is currently reviewing the approach in this area. As part of that process, my Department has considered the approach taken by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to habitual residence. This work has not been finalised yet.