About ICSH

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) was established in 1982 and is the national social housing federation of nonprofi t voluntary and other national housing associations.The ICSH maintains strong links with other voluntary and statutory bodies who have an interest in social housing.

The ICSH represents approximately 270 member organisations that manage 35,000 homes and house 90,000 people including:

  • families on a low income;
  • older people;
  • people with disabilities and;
  • households experiencing homelessness.


ICSH members operate in every local authority area in the country and in over 500 communities across Ireland.

Housing Association Activity in 2018

  • Almost 40% of new long-term social housing units were delivered by housing associations (also known as AHBs) in 2018.
  • AHBs increased their output from 1,312 homes in 2015 to 3,219 homes in 2018.
  • 2/3 of all AHB homes in 2018 were concentrated in 9 local authority areas, reflecting the higher demand for social housing in urban areas.
  • 340 homes were delivered by AHBs under the Part V mechanism.
  • AHBs have delivered 6,697 homes under Rebuilding Ireland since 2016. 


ICSH Council and Board of Directors

The work of the ICSH is supported by funding from Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government through the Scheme to Support National organisations