Tasmania's public housing occupancy rates are second to New South Wales where about one-third of the country's social housing stock exists, according to a new report.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a detailed analysis of the country's social housing market for 2017-18 on Thursday.
It showed the state's public housing and community housing occupancy rates were above the national average.
Tasmania's public housing occupancy rate was 97.9 per cent and the community housing occupancy rate was 96.1 per cent.
The proportion of social housing properties considered overcrowded in Tasmania was also above the national average with 4.8 per cent of public housing dwellings recognised as overcrowded and 3.3 per cent of community housing dwellings.
There are 7005 dwellings classed as public housing and 5980 community housing dwellings in the state.
The report said more than 5000 Tasmanian households received private rent assistance with 2490 on bond loans and 2346 households in receipt of rental grants, subsidies, or another form of relief.
Twenty-three households were assisted by direct lending to purchase a home, 35 were assisted with a deposit through the government's Streets Ahead incentive program, and 33 were assisted with a purchase through the HomeShare program with money to help pay for conveyancing costs or an independent building report.
There were 36,215 Tasmanians who received Commonwealth Rent Assistance in 2017-18.
The fortnightly $134.80 entitlement covered almost one-third of the fortnightly median rent of $423.89 for recipients in Hobart and $400 for recipients in the remainder of the state.