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Mid & East Antrim investment plan outlined

Published: Wed, 15 Aug 2018
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We have outlined plans for significant investment in the Mid and East Antrim area
Senior staff recently met Mid and East Antrim Borough Council this week for an update on ourplans for the next year, and to report on last year’s investment.
The Housing Executive is due to make a significant investment in the Mid and East Antrim area, during 2018/19, to support the delivery of new homes.
£18.29m will be invested in upgrading and maintaining our properties, supporting people to live independently, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and providing grant aid in the private sector.
Through our Landlord and Regional Services last year, we invested £37.61m in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area, including grant aid to Housing Associations for the building and rental of new homes.
Our staff gave a presentation on its Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors, during which it highlighted many of the organisation’s achievements made throughout Northern Ireland, over the past year.
Across Northern Ireland, we channelled some £82.3m into services to help the most vulnerable, which included £9.5m on homelessness and £72.8m through our 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, our North Regional Manager, Frank O’Connor said:
“Our Housing Investment Plan was informed by a range of stakeholders and developed as a comprehensive conversation piece for the whole housing sector in Northern Ireland.
“The Housing Executive works hard to maintain a good working relationship with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and it is important this continues.  
“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, and this year we will spend £8.71m in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area, on planned and response maintenance to our homes.
This will include outside maintenance work to 620 homes, heating insulation in 264 homes and double glazing in 61 homes. Next year, we plan to invest almost £0.98m on stock improvements and adaptations for persons with a disability.  
There will also be a significant investment in the replacement of flat roofs that are reaching the end of their useful life.
During 2018-21, in partnership with housing associations, around 414 new homes are planned throughout the Borough.
We endeavour to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme.  In 2018/19, the Housing Executive will invest over £5.53m for housing support services.  We currently funds 64 accommodation based services for 1,183 service users in the Mid and East Antrim, area as well as three floating support services for 925 service users.
We continues 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 50 disabled facilities grants and 29 repair grants as well as a small number of home repair assistance, renovation and replacement grants totalling £617k.
At the end of the Presentation, Frank O’Connor said:
“Our Mid and East Antrim 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 Mid and East Antrim area, to improve the lives of people in our community.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and Officers of Mid and East Antrim Borough 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.”