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Investment Plans for Antrim and Newtownabbey

Published: Tue, 30 Oct 2018
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Over £18m will be invested within the area
The Housing Executive met Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council this week, for an update on the housing body’s plans for the next year and to report on last year’s investment.  
The Housing Executive is due to make a significant investment in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area during 2018/19.
£18.52m will be invested in upgrading and maintaining its properties, to support the delivery of new homes, supporting people to live independently, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and providing grant aid in the private sector.  
Through its Landlord and Regional Services last year, the Housing Executive invested £36.79m in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area, this includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building and rental of new houses.
The Housing Executive 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, the Housing Executive channelled some £82.3m into services to help the most vulnerable, which included £9.5m on homelessness and £72.8m through its 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 Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Colm McQuillan, the Housing Executive’s Director of Landlord Services, 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 Antrim and Newtownabbey 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 its housing stock is a priority for the Housing Executive, and this year the organisation will spend £11.58m in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council area, on planned and response maintenance to its homes.
This will include outside maintenance work to 803 homes, heating installation in 318 homes.
Next year, we plan to invest almost £2.82m on stock improvements and adaptations for persons with a disability.
During 2018/21, in partnership with housing associations, around 299 new homes are planned throughout the Borough.
The Housing Executive endeavours to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme.
In 2018/19, the Housing Executive will invest over £2.47m for housing support services.
The Housing Executive currently funds 45 accommodation based services for 912 service users in the Antrim and Newtownabbey area as well as one floating support services for 20 service users.
The Housing Executive 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, it approved 77 disabled facilities grants and 11 repair grants as well as a small number of home repair assistance and renovation grants totalling £647k.
Speaking at the Presentation, the Housing Executive’s North Regional Manager, Frank O’Connor, said:
“Our Antrim and Newtownabbey 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 Antrim and Newtownabbey area, to improve the lives of people in our community.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and Officers of Antrim and Newtownabbey 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.”