Young people are six times more likely to be discriminated against when accessing housing.
A new report also shows people with disabilities are more likely to live in poorer conditions while those from the Traveller community are the most at risk of being homeless.
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and the ESRI study also shows single mothers experience higher levels of discrimination when trying to find a home.
Chief Commissioner of the Commission Emily Logan says it is not just about bricks and mortar.
She said: "We want local authorities to look through the lens of human rights and what housing means in that context.
"They are all of the things we are trying to promote today."
- Digital Desk