Where an immediate short term housing need arises, immediate support may be available from the housing department of the local city/county/town council. However, there is no obligation on local authorities to house all those in need.
The Citizen Information Service is a good starting point for information on the housing possibilities available in different areas of the country.
Check this list of the contact details for all local authority offices to identify the relevant town, city or county council.
The Citizens Information Service has set out details on the various housing options that might be available to those who find themselves in need of support:
- Emergency and temporary accommodation – this comprises mostly of hostel accommodation for those who are homeless. Other forms of emergency accommodation include bed and breakfasts, hotels or family hubs.
- Social housing – housing provided by local authorities or voluntary bodies for adults who cannot afford to provide it for themselves. A dedicated form must be completed to apply to the local authority for social housing. Each local authority publishes its own version of this form.
- Private rented housing can be supported financially by a weekly Rent Supplement to help pay the rent.
State Support in respect of housing needs and in particular rent supplement is administered by the local Health Centres – details as follows:
Focus Ireland provides nationwide services and supports for persons who are homeless or are threatened with homelessness.
|Dublin||Advice & Info Coffee Shop, 15 Eustace St, Dublin 2||01 671 2555||
Advice & Info Cork, 80a Hibernian House, South Mall, Cork
|021 427 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kilkenny||Advice & Info Kilkenny, 1 Garden Row, Kilkenny||056 779 4565/086 410 email@example.com|
|Limerick||Advice & Info Limerick, 7A Catherine Place, Limerick||061 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dungarvan||Advice & Info Dungarvan, Convent Lodge, Mitchell Street Dungarvan||058 email@example.com|
|South Dublin||Advice & Info South Dublin, 510 Main Street, Tallaght||01 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wexford||Advice & Info Wexford County Hall, Carricklawn Wexford||086 email@example.com|
|Samaritans Ireland||Samaritans Ireland, 4-5 Usher’s Court, Usher’s Quay, Dublin 8||
Tel: 01 6710071
|Citizens Information||260 drop-in locations nationwide, click here for details.||0761 07 4000||www.citizensinformation.ie|
|Focus Ireland||Dublin – 9 – 12 High Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8||Dublin Tel:01 881 5900||www.focusireland.ie|
|Waterford – St. John’s Park, Grange Cohan, Waterford||Waterford: Tel:051 879 810|
|Limerick – Catherine Place Limerick||Limerick: Tel: 061 405 300|
|Kilkenny – 1 Garden Row Kilkenny||Kilkenny: Tel: 056 779 4565|
|Cork – Hibernian House 80a South Mall Cork||Cork: Tel: 021 4273646|
|Sligo – 69 Lower John Street Sligo||Sligo: Tel: 071914997|