Social Housing Projects

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is a Tier 3 Approved Housing Body. The Society has been providing the most vulnerable in our society with homes for more than four decades. The Society’s work in social housing is set apart from other Approved Housing Bodies because of the Vincentian ethos that is applied to our work with the overall mission to provide homes for people in our communities. SVP social housing

The Society has 878 units of social housing nationally that are delivered and managed by 65 volunteer led, local housing Conferences across 18 Local Authority areas nationally. The development of social housing by the Society was initiated in the mid 70’s/early 80’s by local individual Conferences identifying an unfulfilled local community housing need and worked to address that need through the acquisition or delivery of new build social housing units.

A significant number of the Society’s units have been delivered through the states Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) funding initiative which provided up to 95 – 100% funding. 83% of the Society’s housing stock is allocated to Older People. The schemes delivered vary in size from 5 units to larger schemes of up to 30 – 50 units. A small number of schemes provide staff support on site with others having part time support staff available to tenants.

Do I qualify for SVP Housing?

Ordinarily to qualify for SVP Social Housing, you will need to be registered with your local authority. You can find a directory of local authorities here. If you want to be considered for housing provided by SVP, make sure you tick the box marked “voluntary/co-operative housing” in the ‘Housing Requirements’ section of the application form. You can be considered for SVP housing once the local authority has assessed you as ‘in-need’ of housing (on the Local Authority housing list). In exceptional circumstances, certain SVP Housing schemes may be able to consider applications that do not meet these criteria. Additionally, in order to qualify for SVP Social Housing, you must be able to live independently with limited outside care. More information about Social Housing can be found at Citizens Information.


How do I apply?

If you wish to apply for SVP Social Housing please contact your local SVP Regional Office to find out more about SVP housing in your area.


Malahide, Dublin
Garryowen, Limerick

Foxford, Mayo
Ballymote, Sligo 

Ballinrobe, Mayo
  St. Colmcille's Hostel, Sallaghraine, Letterkenny, Donegal
St. Colmcille's Hostel, Letterkenny​
        Address: Sallaghraine, Letterkenny, Donegal
        Telephone: 074 9128998
        Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Who we help:  We provide individual units for women, men, and families.
  • Number of units: 11
  • Facilities: 24 hour emergency accommodation; Meals; Laundry facilities; Personal support, key work and advocacy services.
  • Referral process: People in need of emergency  accommodation or support can contact us directly on the phone number above. For longer-term support, people normally need to be referred by their local authority.