Councillors from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have been briefed by the Housing Executive on its work in the borough over the past year and its plans for the year ahead.
Our Chief Executive, Grainia Long, reflected on the unprecedented year, which saw the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and noted how the organisation had changed how it works to ensure customers were cared for.
She said; “Covid-19 presented huge challenges for us, as we moved staff out of offices to work at home, while lockdown restrictions and supply issues meant a backlog in tacking repairs and delays in much needed upgrade schemes on our estates.
“Despite this, and thanks to the dedication of our staff, we were able to continue to deliver services to tenants and communities to an extremely high level.
“£3.35m was invested in new-build accommodation in the district, which saw 26 housing starts getting underway, while housing completions for the year were 18, despite the pandemic.
“We provided over £568,000 in funding to support Neighbourhood Renewal in the Fermanagh and Omagh region. We also supported 353 people experiencing homelessness last year.
“Given the necessity to social distance temporary accommodation in Fermanagh and Omagh, this situation placed enormous pressure on services in the district and as we emerge from the pandemic, our reset plan, The Way Home, has been fully funded by the Department for Communities.
“I’d like to sincerely thank the Fermanagh and Omagh District Councillors for their interest in our work and I very much look forward to engaging with them as we move away from the Covid pandemic in the year ahead.”
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