Half of all social housing applicants in Kerry are single and a further 22pc are single people with one child or more. A special housing meeting of the local authority has heard there is a shortage of one and two-bedroom units in the county. Last year Kerry County Council received over 680 (688) new applications and of these, 31 were turned down. There are currently over 5,073 households in Kerry that are classified as having a need for social housing. Of these, 50pc are single people and a further 22 percent are single people with one child or more. The remaining applications are from two or more adults with or without children. Applicants are allowed choose three areas of choice within the county and 10 percent of all formal offers are refused. Senior executive officer with Kerry County Council, Kathleen Moriarty, says the refusal rate of 10 percent is relatively low compared to national figures. But when an applicant refuses two reasonable offers they are suspended from the housing list for a period of 12 months.