The survey, Who should live in social housing?, has been issued to everyone on the Haringey's housing register and transfer lists this week.
Every year up to 2,500 families and individuals apply to the borough for a home, with half accepted. A large number are placed in temporary accommodation, while some never get a permanent home in the borough.
Isidoros Diakides, executive member for housing, said: 'There is a really serious issue of overcrowding across the borough. This new policy will enable everyone affected to help decide who gets to live in council housing and the choice of tenancy which is best suited to their needs.'
The executive will consider a proposed lettings policy on 12 September 2006. Various voluntary and community organisations have also been invited to a lettings consultation workshop conference.