The Housing Allocations Section deals with the provision of housing to people who have been assessed under the Council's Allocation Scheme and are deemed eligible for social housing support. Eligible applicants are placed on the Council’s housing list based on the priority given to them under the Council’s Allocation Scheme.

The Housing Allocations Section deals with the provision of housing to people who have been assessed under the Council’s Allocation Scheme and are deemed eligible for social housing support. Eligible applicants are placed on the Council’s housing list in order of date of application and progress on a ‘Time on List’ basis i.e. the next applicant on the list is allocated the next available house. An Application Form for Social Housing along with supporting documentation must be submitted. 

 

Social Housing Support includes all of the options listed below.

  • Rented Local Authority Housing
  • Housing Assistance Payment
  • Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS)
  • Leased Unit
  • Voluntary/Co-operative Housing
  • A site for a Private House
  • Traveller Specific Accommodation
  • Transfer from existing Local Authority Accommodation
  • Extension to an existing Local Authority House to meet accommodation needs

For further information please use our online enquiry form below for the area you are in:

 

Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel 021 4285501, 4285215, 4285332, 4285327, 4285265 or use our  Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Tel 022 21123 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Tel 023 8833328 or use our Online Enquiry Form

 

You qualify for social housing if you:

  • Are in genuine need of housing and are unable to provide accommodation from your own resources
  • Have a legal right to remain in the State on a long-term basis
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have a net income that is below the thresholds listed

 

What are the maximum income limits for County Cork?

Income is based on the income of all household members. Households must have a net annual income of less than €30,000. Net income is gross pay and or other income less statutory deductions. So for example, if one member of the household is working and others are on social welfare, all such income will be taken into account for the means test. The €30,000 limit can be increased by a further €1,500 per additional household member/earner up to a maximum of €3,000 and an additional €750 per dependent child up to a maximum of €3,000. See the following examples:

 

Household Type Income limit
One Person Household with no children €30,000
Two Person Household with no children €31,500
Three Person Household €33,000
One Person Household with 1 child €30,750
Two Person Household with 3 children €33,750
Two Person Household with 4 children €34,500
Three Person Household with 4 children €36,000


More information on means testing and eligibility can be found on Application Form for Social Housing under section C9.

Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel 021 4285501, 4285215, 4285332, 4285327, 4285265 or use our  Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Tel 022 21123 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Tel 023 8833328 or use our Online Enquiry Form

The Approved Housing Allocation Scheme is to provide a means of determining the order of priority to be accorded in the allocation of dwellings to:

  • Persons assessed as being qualified for social housing support (eligibility) in accordance with Section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2009 (and associated regulations)
  • Persons transferring from a dwelling, including from a dwelling provided under the Social Housing Leasing Initiative or the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) and, including transfers to new dwellings being purchased under the Incremental Purchase Scheme
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Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel 021 4285501, 4285215, 4285332, 4285327, 4285265 or use our  Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Tel 022 21123 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Tel 023 8833328 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Cork County Council has introduced a new way of letting dwellings to applicants called the Choice Based Letting Scheme (CBL).  It has been live in North Cork since November 2016 and in South and West Cork since March 2017.

This scheme works on the basis that available dwellings are advertised on our dedicated website, www.cbl.corkcoco.ie on a weekly basis where available and applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest on a dwelling in which they are interested.  

Countywide, to date, there have been over 262,512 views of and 34,022 expressions of interest on the system.

It has resulted in refusal rates dropping to 6% with 245 properties accepted of the 246 properties advertised since the system went live.

Choice Based Letting is a way that you can express your interest in renting a suitable council property in your preferred area. Dwellings will be advertised on a weekly basis from 00.00 Wednesday to 23.59 on the following Tuesday. Housing applicants should try and log in every week to check the dwellings that are available that week and those wishing to place an expression of interest, must to do so by 23.59 on Tuesday. A ‘suitable’ property is one that you have chosen to express interest in and that matches your housing needs. 

Please note that only those applicant households that have expressed an interest in a bid dwelling under Choice Based Letting whose household composition suits the property type will be considered initially e.g. if you are approved for a three bedroom unit and bid on a four bedroom unit then you may not be considered. Also, note that you will need to log in every week to check whether you wish to express an interest in the properties advertised in that week. 

You will also receive a weekly text alert to your mobile phone if a property in which you can express an interest is advertised on the Choice Based Letting System. You can also use the tablets provided in your local council offices or the internet facilities in your local library branch.

Please view our Choice Based Letting FAQs for further information or use our online enquiry form below for the area you are in:

Contact Details: Choice Based Letting (CBL),  Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel: 4386635 or use our Online Enquiry Form - North CorkOnline Enquiry Form - South CorkOnline Enquiry Form - West Cork

 

Housing Persons with a Disability

The National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability 2011 - 2016, published in 2011, and the associated National Implementation Framework, which are joint publications by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the Department of Health were developed in conjunction with A Vision for Change (the Government’s mental health policy) and a Time to Move on from Congregated Settings (the Report of the Working Group on Congregated Settings) to support people with disabilities in community based living with maximum independence and choice.

Priority Action 1.1 of the National Implementation Framework is - Access to Social Housing: Ensure equitable access for people with disabilities to relevant social housing supports. 

A key measure in the delivery of this action is the development by each individual Housing Authorities of a strategy to meet the identified housing needs of people with physical, intellectual, mental health and sensory disabilities locally. 
 
This strategy has been prepared by the Cork City and County Housing and Disability Steering Group to reflect this priority action. It was recognised that many of the stakeholders in both authorities are the same and it, therefore, was more expedient to have one steering group covering both areas to avoid duplication while developing a separate strategy for each of the administrative areas.

Strategic plan for Housing with a Disability

 

Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel 021 4285501, 4285215, 4285332, 4285327, 4285265 or use our  Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations North Cork, Housing Dept, Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Tel 022 21123 or use our Online Enquiry Form

Divisional Operations West Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 
Tel 023 8833328 or use our Online Enquiry Form

 

The phone numbers for the Homeless Persons Unit in Drinan Street, Cork are:

Public Clinic at Drinan Street is open to the public: Monday - Friday from 9.30am - 11.30pm.  

In accordance with the provisions of Section 9 of the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act, 1998 Cork County Council has now published it's Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme 2019-2024, which will be proposed for adoption.

The Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme 2019 – 2024 is available for public inspection between the hours of 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from Friday 3rd May 2019 – 2nd July 2019 at the following offices of the Council:
Housing Directorate, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Council Offices, Annabella, Mallow
Council Offices, Kent Street, Clonakilty

The plan can also be downloaded at the links below:
Draft Traveller Accommodation Plan 2019-2024 Part1
Draft Traveller Accommodation Plan 2019-2024 Part2

Submissions in relation to the proposed Draft Programme may be made in writing to Karina Cremin, Senior Executive Officer, Housing Directorate, Floor 4 Tower, County Hall, Cork or emailed to karina.cremin@corkcoco.ie  not later than 4pm on July 2nd, 2019.

The Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Damien English published the 2017 Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA) on 20th January 2018.

 

This report brings together information provided by local authorities on households in their functional area qualified for social housing support whose housing need is not being met. It also compares these results to previous results published in 2016. 

Nationally, 85,799 households were assessed as qualified for housing support;

Cork County Council housing waiting list increased by 8.3% since the 2016 SSHA:-

  • 4,241 in 2016
  • 4,591 in 2017

(56.2%) of those qualified for social housing support are unemployed.
Being in need of rent supplement (39%) and Particular household circumstances (42%) were the two most commonly cited basis of need for social housing support in Cork County.
Single person households make up almost 44% of all households on the list.

Future assessments will be carried out annually.  The 2018 HNA is currently underway and Local Authorities have been requested to submit their figures from the assessment on 29th June 2018. 

 

It is vitally important for all approved social housing support applicants who receive SSHA update forms for either the current or future assessments to engage with the process and return the completed forms within the deadlines set out for same.   

Failure to do so will result in the applications of those who do not respond to being closed.