The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) was formed in 1982 by housing and hostel organisations in Ireland to act as a national representative, promotional, information and advisory federation.

The ICSH seeks to encourage and assist the development of a range of social housing services which complements the role of the Local Housing Authorities and meet the different and changing needs of various groups of the population such as the elderly, homeless, people with disabilities or families on low incomes.

We are committed to assisting our members in the provision of social housing and housing related services through the range of services we provide. These services include education and training courses, a group insurance scheme for housing associations, a legal registration service to assist newly formed associations and an advisory service on all aspects of social housing development and management.

As a representative organisation we work with statutory and other voluntary organisations to identify and streamline mechanisms to promote social housing in relieving housing need in Ireland through policy development and analysis.

The ICSH, in all its activities, seeks to support and promote high standards in housing management and provision.

The main objectives of the ICSH are:

  1. Promotion of non-profit/Voluntary Housing for the relief of housing need and homelessness.
  2. Acting as a representative body for affiliated members.
  3. Facilitating the exchange of information amongst members in relation to planning, provision and management of social housing.
  4. Provision of information, advice, guidance, education, training and research.


The Irish Council for Social Housing is a member of FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless) and Housing Europe (European Federation of Public, Cooperative & Social Housing).