The Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council has admitted low-income families are being pitted against each for social housing.
Brendan Kenny says it's simply a reality during the current crisis.
The Council has been under fire since it revealed it will stop prioritising homeless families on the waiting list.
Dublin City Council said it plans to end the practice to prevent long stays in emergency accommodation and instead, it will encourage families to use the housing assistance payment to pay a landlord in the private rented sector.
However, Mr Kenny agrees that it puts applicants in competition with each other.
"That is the reality, there are 95,000 families on the waiting list, they are all low-income and the real issue is we have a housing crisis and there's not enough to go around."
While he did say that the situation is improving, Mr Kenny stressed the need to bring more fairness into the system.