That every household has a dwelling suitable to its needs, located in an acceptable environment and at a price or rent it can afford.
To achieve the above aim, Cork City Council’s housing section provides the following range of housing services:
Cork City Council has approximately 8,092 rented properties in its ownership. Every year, a number of new houses are built and a number of houses are also sold to existing tenants under the Tenant Purchase Scheme. An Assessment of housing needs is carried out by the Local Authority every three years to establish housing requirement in the area. The assessment was last carried out in 2005 and forms the basis for allocation of housing starts by the Department of The Environment and Local Government.
The actual number of houses built and acquired depends on the Department of the Environment and Local Government's Annual Housing New Start Allocation. At the end of 2005, 254 units were completed or were nearing completion and the purchase terms for 100 houses were agreed in the administrative area of Cork County Borough Council. These houses along with casual vacancies, which arise, are then available for letting.
At the end of 2005, the number of applicants for this accommodation on Cork City Council's housing list at any one time averaged approximately 4,601 with a further 514 applicants awaiting assessment of their application.