Social housing

Social housing is secure and affordable rental housing for people on low incomes with housing needs. It includes:

The difference between public and community housing

Public housing is managed by the Department of Communities and Justice.

Community housing is managed by non-government organisations. They are known as social housing providers.

Eligibility for social housing

To ensure it helps those most in need, eligibility for social housing focuses on people on a low income that:

  • need support to help them live independently, and
  • cannot find affordable housing in the private rental market that suits their needs

Applying for social housing

A participating social housing provider will assess the eligibility and priority of applications. 

This assessment only needs to be done once, and will be accepted by any participating social housing provider. 

You’ll be notified in writing of the outcome when the assessment is complete.