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.