Housing

Eligibility

You may qualify for social housing support 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 household net average income for the 12 months preceding the date of application that is below the thresholds listed below.

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 average income for the 12 months preceding the date of application of less €30,000 net income means that income tax, USC, PRSI and Additional Superannuation Contributions (ASC) are deducted from the relevant assessable gross income. 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 subject to no maximum. See the following examples:

Household Type Income limit Weekly Max Net Income
One Person Household with no children €30,000 €575
Two Person Household with no children €31,500 €604
One Person Household with 1 child €30,750 €589
One Person Household with 2 children €31,500 €604
Two Person Household with  1 child €32,250 €618
Two Person Household with 2 children €33,000 €632
Two Person Household with 3 children €33,750 €647
Two Person Household with 4 children €34,500 €661

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

Divisional Operations South Cork, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork
Tel: 021 4285368 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.