The Irish Council of Social Housing was formed in 1982 by non-profit housing and hostel organizations in Ireland to act as the national representative, promotional, information, training and advisory federation for non-profit/voluntary housing associations in Ireland.
The ICSH now represents over 220 affiliated housing associations and other voluntary housing organizations throughout Ireland. These organizations are involved in housing or hostel services, providing accommodation of 20.000 homes to elderly persons, homeless and vulnerable persons, people with disabilities and individuals and families on low incomes. ICSH member organizations collectively provide around 1.200 new social rental homes each year.
ICSH’s representations to the Department of Environment and Local Government (DOELG) has led to the establishment of a Voluntary and Co-operative Housing Unit in that department which is in part dedicated to supporting and developing the voluntary housing sector as an important player in the social housing sector in Ireland.