Housing Tenures in Ireland - Continued
Social housing is provided by the state and some not-for-profit organisations for people who would otherwise not be able to afford to purchase their own home, or rent private accommodation.
Local authorities are landlords for almost 90 per cent of social housing. Houses are allocated based on need and rents are based on ability to pay. Housing associations and voluntary organisations, such as St. Vincent de Paul, are now significant providers of housing. They are often funded by the government and where necessary generate funds through fundraising. Housing associations and voluntary organisations can often be flexible in providing innovative housing solutions, particularly for people who need both a place to call home and personal support.