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Rural housing issues

Updated: 26 Jul 2017
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Rural communities have specific needs and challenges
Rural cottage view
We provide a range of services to help rural communities and those living or wanting to live in rural areas.
We have developed our ‘Sustainable Rural Communities’ Strategy & Action Plan 2016-2020 which recognises those housing issues which are specific to rural areas (small towns, villages, small settlements and dispersed rural communities with a population of less than 5,000) and sets out how we plan to identify and address housing needs over the next 4 years.

About this section

This section provides advice on the following topics:
  • New homes - if you need a home or belong to a rural community where you think there is a need for new homes.
  • Improving properties – if you want information on improving your property.
  • Communities - if your community wishes to raise rural housing issues with the Housing Executive or you would like information on our Rural Residents Forum.
  • Independent living - if you are faced with homelessness in a rural area or if perhaps your home requires adaptations to help you continue to live there
  • Rural development - if you want to find out how housing can contribute to broader regeneration and development.