Our past research indicates that many Travellers want to live in traditional housing. This may be either in existing social housing estates, or in ‘group housing’ schemes which provide for Travellers’ wishes to live together in extended family groups.
As a result we have developed several group housing schemes to provide for this need. These schemes are delivered by housing associations, with the exception of six dwellings in Killyclogher Road, Omagh, which were transferred to the Housing Executive by the former council.
The need for new housing schemes will be identified by the 2019 housing needs assessment for Irish Travellers. Any new group housing schemes required will also be delivered by housing associations.
Our Irish Traveller Policy and Strategy Unit is based at the Housing Centre in Belfast, while our Traveller Liaison Officer is based at Marlborough House, Craigavon.
Our Traveller Team works closely with a wide range of statutory agencies, housing associations, Traveller support groups and members of the Irish Traveller Community in order to carry out the programme of Traveller specific accommodation.
There are no emergency halting sites within Northern Ireland. The need to provide these will be considered as part of the forthcoming research in 2019 into the accommodation needs of Irish Travellers and any subsequent development programme arising from this research.