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:

Carlow   Cavan   Clare   Cork   Donegal   Dublin   Galway   Kildare   Kerry   Kilkenny   Laois 

Leitrim   Limerick   Longford   Louth   Mayo   Meath   Monaghan   Offaly   Roscommon   Sligo   

Tipperary   Waterford   Westmeath   Wexford   Wicklow


Focus Ireland provides nationwide services and supports for persons who are homeless or are threatened with homelessness.

Local Offices Address Telephone Email
Dublin Advice & Info Coffee Shop, 15 Eustace St, Dublin 2 01 671 2555  





Advice & Info Cork, 80a Hibernian House, South Mall, Cork

021 427 3646  corkservices@focusireland.ie
Kilkenny Advice & Info Kilkenny, 1 Garden Row, Kilkenny 056 779 4565/086 410 8206  kilkennyservices@focusireland.ie
Limerick Advice & Info Limerick, 7A Catherine Place, Limerick 061 405300   infolimerick@focusireland.ie
Dungarvan Advice & Info Dungarvan, Convent Lodge, Mitchell Street Dungarvan 058 43570   cowaterfordservices@focusireland.ie
South Dublin Advice & Info South Dublin, 510 Main Street, Tallaght 01 4940224  sdais@focusireland.ie


086 4171160  waterfordservices@focusireland.ie
Wexford Advice & Info Wexford County Hall, Carricklawn Wexford 086 4171160  atroy@focusireland.ie 



Organisation Address Telephone Website Email
Samaritans Ireland Samaritans Ireland4-5 Usher’s CourtUsher’s QuayDublin 8

Freephone: 116-123

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    


University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF