Waiting lists

Updated: 21 Sep 2018
Renting privately is an alternative to waiting for social housing
Private rented sector to let signs
There continues to be a substantial demand for social housing.
Evidence of the need for social housing in Northern Ireland comes from two main sources: local housing needs assessments (using the Common Waiting List for social housing) and the Net Stock Model (developed in partnership with the University of Ulster in 1994 and updated on a regular basis since).
Social housing need is assessed annually, which helps direct the delivery of social and affordable housing in the locations required as part of the Social Housing Development Programme.
At 31 March 2017, the social housing waiting list amounted to 37,611 households of which 23,694 were considered to be in housing stress.
Additionally 11,889 households were deemed to be homeless after investigation during 2016/17.