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Mid Ulster Investment Plans outlined

Published: Fri, 28 Sep 2018
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Our senior staff recently met Mid Ulster District Council for an update on the housing body’s plans for the next year and to report on last year’s investment.  
We are due to make a significant investment in the Mid Ulster area, during 2018/19.
£11.71m 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 £23.39m in the Mid Ulster District Council area, this includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building and rental of new houses.
Our staff gave a presentation on its Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors, during which it highlighted many of our 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 to Mid Ulster District Council, Siobhan McCauley, our Director of Regional 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 has a good working relationship with Mid Ulster 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 £5.07m in the Mid Ulster District Council area, on planned and response maintenance to its homes.
This will include outside maintenance work to 726 homes, 347 will receive kitchen replacements, 218 properties will receive double glazing, 182 will receive bathroom replacements and 107 homes will receive heating installations.  
Next year, we plan to invest almost £0.81m on stock improvements and adaptations for persons with a disability.  
During 2018/21, in partnership with housing associations, around 133 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 £3.78m for housing support services.
We currently funds 36 accommodation based services for 518 service users in the Mid Ulster area as well as 6 floating support services for 304 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, we approved 130 disabled facilities grants, 25 repair grants, 47 renovation grants, 20 home repair assistance grants and a small number of replacement grants totalling £1,964k.  
Speaking at the Presentation, our Mid Ulster Area Manager, Michael Dallat said:
“Our South Regional 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 Ulster area, to improve the lives of people in our community.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and Officers of Mid Ulster 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.”