The Housing Executive is carrying out an exercise to determine if there is a need for new social housing in Carnlough.
It is also examining interest in buying an affordable home through shared ownership – part buy/part rent.
The exercise runs until March 20 and anyone who needs a home is being encouraged to register their interest by this date.
Local area manager, Mairead Myles Davey, said: “Usually the Housing Executive checks its housing waiting lists to determine housing need. However, in rural areas, people sometimes do not register as they feel they will have little chance of being housed.
“This means that in many rural areas the need for new housing can remain hidden. Carnlough is an area where we want to find out if houses are needed.
“It is essential that anyone in genuine housing need comes forward and registers with the Housing Executive. If the need for new dwellings exists, this can be highlighted to housing associations which will seek to develop an appropriate site.
People can register by simply phoning 028 25667881 and quote reference LD Carnlough.
If you register an interest, you may be contacted by a housing officer to complete an application.
Leaflets have been distributed across the local community.