The theme of NIFHA 13 was Making the Case for housing associations and their role in delivering for Northern Ireland. Rather than simply tell you what housing associations are doing on the ground to build homes, support communities and change lives, however, we wanted to show you.
The following films showcase just a few of the creative and innovative projects that housing associations are involved in across Northern Ireland. Working together with tenants, community groups, advice agencies and financial institutions, housing associations are making a real impact on the lives of individual tenants and the wider community.
And this is just the beginning. With the right structures and greater freedom and flexibility to operate as social businesses, housing associations could do much more.
Clanmil’s Caffrey Hill scheme demonstrates how housing associations can support families, create sustainable communities and drive forward regeneration
Apex are building more than just houses. In Suffolk/Lenadoon they are providing a state-of-the-art community facility to bring people together and open up opportunities
Trinity are helping their tenants by linking up with other organisations to ensure that people have access to the best possible advice and support, something that is incredibly important in the current economic climate and to prepare for welfare reform
Hearth are protecting Northern Ireland’s architectural heritage and bringing older properties back into use as energy efficient, warm and sustainable homes
Helm are supporting the Transforming your care agenda by providing independent living with security and support for people with dementia, helping to create new homes and memories
Oaklee’s innovative Skainos scheme with its distinctive green wall, one of many ground-breaking sustainable developments, and their focus on customer service and support highlights the diversity and versatility within and across housing associations
Co-ownership are offering a pathway into home ownership for people who might otherwise never fulfil that aspiration and providing a much-needed boost to the local construction industry
Apex’s Rinmore scheme demonstrates that stock transfer can deliver real benefits for tenants and make a genuine difference to their quality of life
These are just a few examples of what housing associations are already doing to deliver for Northern Ireland. They are social businesses committed to making a difference to people in housing need, their tenants and the communities they work in.