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Belfast Investment Plan outlined

Published: Wed, 8 Aug 2018
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We are due to make a significant investment in the Belfast area during 2018/19
Belfast City Hall
Our senior staff recently met Belfast City Council for its annual meeting on the housing body’s plans for the next year and to report on last year’s investment.  
We are due to make a significant investment in the Belfast area, during 2018/19, to support the delivery of new homes.
Almost £80m will  be invested in upgrading and maintaining its properties, supporting people to live independently, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and providing grant aid in the private sector.  
We invested invested £107m in the Belfast City Council area.  This includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building and rental of new houses.
Senior staff gave a presentation on our Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors, during which they highlighted many of the organisation’s achievements made over the past year.
Some £82.3m was channelled into services to help the most vulnerable, which included £9.5m on homelessness and £72.8m through the Supporting People Programme.
In addition, there was a large planned maintenance programme, with work undertaken at 23,093 homes; a direct investment of £118.4m to these homes.  
Homeowners and private landlords also received considerable support, with £13.97m spent through grants and over £18.8m in tackling fuel poverty.
Speaking at the Presentation to Belfast City Council, Siobhan McCauley, our Director  of Regional Services, said:  
“A range of stakeholders inform our Housing Investment Plan, which is developed as a comprehensive conversation piece for the whole Northern Ireland housing sector.
“We have a good working relationship with Belfast City Council and there is a lot of engagement on priorities.
“As the strategic housing authority for Northern Ireland, we have prepared this Housing Investment Plan to inform the Community Planning Partnership on the state of the housing market; on housing needs; the policy priorities and public sector investment proposals for 2015-19.  
“Lots of work needs to be done to meet housing need, to improve housing stock and to provide support for the most vulnerable in our community. We will continue to play our part to ensure this work is delivered efficiently and effectively.”
Maintaining our housing stock is a priority for the Housing Executive, and this year we will spend £51.7m in the Belfast City Council area, on planned and response maintenance to its homes.
This will include external maintenance work to 4,600 homes, heating installation in 2,226 homes and double glazing in 752 homes.
This year, we plan to invest almost £14.3m on stock improvements and adaptations for disabled persons, completing improvement works to a further 1,059 homes.  
During 2018/19, in partnership with housing associations, around 480 new homes are planned throughout the city
We endeavour to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme.  
In 2018/19, we will invest over £22.2m for housing support services.
We currently funds 201 accommodation based services for almost 4,200 service users in the Belfast area as well as 17 floating support services for 1,525 service users.
We continue to contribute to the private sector through a variety of grants to help adapt homes and to support people living in their own home, for longer.  
Last year, we approved 121 disabled facilities grants and a number of repair and renovation grants totalling £1.29m.  
Speaking at the Presentation, our Regional Manager for Belfast, Jennifer Hawthorne said;
“Our Belfast teams provide a high quality, dedicated housing service to the area.                                                                                                                                              
“Working alongside our Customer Services Unit, Accounts and Housing Benefit teams, we provide our tenants and the wider community with an effective and efficient service.
“We are committed to investing in the Belfast area, to improve the lives of people in our community.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and Officers of Belfast City Council for their support for the Housing Executive - we look forward to continuing to work with them on matters of mutual interest, over the coming year.”