Outlining our Investment Plans
Published: Wed, 2 Nov 2016
We met Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council this week to update it on our plans for the next four years and report on last year’s investment.
We are due to make a significant investment during 2016/17 in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area. It will support the delivery of new homes as well as an investment of £14.81 million upgrading and maintaining our properties, support people to live independently, increase the energy efficiency of homes and provide grant aid in the private sector.
Through our landlord and regional services last year we invested £26.94 million in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area, this includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building of new houses to rent.
We gave a presentation on our Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local councillors, which highlighted many of the achievements the organisation has made throughout Northern Ireland in the past year.
Across Northern Ireland, we channeled some £81 million into services to help the most vulnerable which included £8.3 million on homelessness and £73 million through our Supporting People programme. In addition, there was a large planned maintenance programme with work undertaken at 25,100 of our homes with a direct investment of £85.3 million.
Homeowners and private landlords also received considerable support with £12 million spent through grants and over £15 million in tackling fuel poverty.
Speaking at the presentation to Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, Paul Isherwood, our Director of Asset Management, said:
“The Housing Executive works hard to maintain a good working relationship with councils and it is important this continues. 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.
“As the strategic housing authority for Northern Ireland we have prepared this 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.
“There is a lot of work that needs to be done to meet housing need, improve housing stock and provide support for the most vulnerable in our community. We at the Housing Executive will continue to play our part to ensure this work is delivered efficiently, effectively and judiciously.”
Maintaining its housing stock is a priority for us and this year in Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area, the organisation will spend £7.76 million on planned and response maintenance to our homes. This will include outside maintenance work to 619 homes, heating replacement in 143 homes and incremental improvements to the roofs of 268 medium rise apartments
In the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area, we will also support those tenants who need help to live independently in their homes through the provision of adaptations. Last year we spent £395,000 on both major and minor works helping people live more comfortably in their homes.
During 2016/19, in partnership with housing associations, 485 new homes are planned in 25 schemes throughout the borough.
We endeavour to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme. In 2016/17 we will invest £3.0 million for housing support services. We currently fund 48 sheltered and supported housing schemes in Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area as well as a floating support service.
We continue to contribute to the private sector through a variety of grants to help adapt homes to support people living in their own home for longer. Last year we approved 52 disabled facilities grants and a small number of repair and renovation grants totaling 22.
Speaking at the presentation, our local Area Manager Sharon Crooks, said:
“Our teams in Antrim and Newtownabbey, provide a high quality dedicated housing service to the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area. They work alongside our Customer Services Unit, Accounts and Housing Benefit teams to provide our tenants and the wider community with an effective and efficient service.
“The Housing Executive is committed to investing in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area, in order to improve the everyday lives of people in the local community.
“I would like to extend my thanks to the councillors and officers of the Council for their support to the Housing Executive. We look forward to continuing to work with them on matters of mutual interest in the coming year.”