Plans outlined for Derry City & Strabane
Published: Wed, 5 Sep 2018
Senior staff recently met Derry City & Strabane District Council for an update on our plans for the next year and to report on last year’s investment.
We are due to make a significant investment during 2018/19 in the Derry City & Strabane area to support the delivery of new homes.
£29.42 million 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 £66.49 million in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area, this includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building of new houses to rent.
Our staff gave a presentation on our Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors, during which they highlighted many of the achievements the organisation has made throughout Northern Ireland in the past year.
Across Northern Ireland, we channeled some £82.3 million into services to help the most vulnerable which included £9.5 million on homelessness and £72.8 million through our Supporting People programme.
In addition, there was a large planned maintenance programme with work undertaken at 23,093 homes with a direct investment of £118.4 million in these homes.
Homeowners and private landlords also received considerable support with £13.97 million spent through grants and over £18.8 million in tackling fuel poverty.
Speaking at the presentation to Derry City & Strabane District Council, Clark Bailie, our Chief Executive, 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 Derry City & Strabane District Council and it is important this continues.
“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.
“Lots of work needs to be done to meet housing need, improve housing stock and 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 in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area we will spend £14.7 million on planned and response maintenance to our homes.
This will include outside maintenance work to 1,073 homes, heating installation in 375 homes and double glazing in 1,214 homes.
Next year we plan to invest almost £3.8 million on stock improvements and adaptations for persons with a disability.
During 2018-21, in partnership with housing associations, around 1,305 new homes are planned throughout the district.
We endeavour to support the most vulnerable members of society through our Supporting People Programme.
In 2018/19 we will invest over £8.46 million for housing support services.
We currently fund 70 accommodation based services for 1,398 service users in the Derry City & Strabane area as well as 10 floating support services for 488 service users.
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 166 disabled facilities grants and a small number of repair and renovation grants totaling £2.27m.
Speaking at the presentation, our North Regional Manager, Frank O’Connor, said:
“Our district 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 Derry City & Strabane area to improve the lives of people in our community.
“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and officers of Derry City & Strabane 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.”