Investment plans for Fermanagh and Omagh
Published: Tue, 23 Oct 2018
We recently met Fermanagh and Omagh District Council for an update on tour plans for the next year and to report on last year’s investment.
We are due to make a significant investment in the Fermanagh and Omagh area, during 2018/19.
£13.83m 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.
Through our Landlord and Regional Services last year, we invested £13.89m in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area, this includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building and rental of new houses.
Our senior staff gave a presentation on our Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors, during which it highlighted many of our achievements 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 to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Paul Isherwood, our Director of Asset Management 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 Fermanagh and Omagh District 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 £5.12m in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area, on planned and response maintenance to its homes.
This will include outside maintenance work to 813 homes, heating installations in 214 homes, 176 Bathroom replacements, 160 Bathroom/Kitchen replacements and double glazing in 108 homes.
Next year, we plan to invest almost £ 1.55m on stock improvements and adaptations for persons with a disability.
During 2018/21, in partnership with housing associations, around 32 new homes are planned throughout the District.
The Housing Executive endeavours to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme.
In 2018/19, we will invest over £4.92m for housing support services.
We currently fund 41 accommodation based services for 589 service users in the Fermanagh and Omagh area as well as 8 floating support services for 439 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, 120 disabled facilities grants, 82 repair, 54 renovation grants and 30 home repair grants totalling £2,279k were approved.
Speaking at the Presentation, our South West Area Manager, Oonagh McAvinney said:
“Our Local Office Staff 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 Fermanagh and Omagh area, to improve the lives of people in our community.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and Officers of Fermanagh and Omagh District 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.”