NIFHA welcomes the Assembly debate on the delivery of new social and affordable housing. The sustainable supply of social and affordable housing to meet growing need is a significant concern for NIFHA and our members.
In 2014/15 housing associations will increase delivery of social homes by over 50% from 1,300 to 2,000 new starts. It must be noted though that it would be virtually impossible for any developer – housing association or private sector – to significantly increase their development programme over the next year or even two years at the levels indicated in the Assembly motion.
Northern Ireland should be ambitious in developing new social and affordable homes to meet housing need. NIFHA welcomes this focus on the targets set for delivery and the call for more construction activity, more new housing development and ultimately the provision of homes and support for those most in need. We believe that addressing some of the issues outlined would enable housing associations to do more in delivering much-needed social and affordable housing.
Read the MLA Briefing- Motion on Housing Crisis in full.
If you have any questions in relation to this briefing paper or would like further information in advance of the Assembly motion, please contact:
T: 028 9089 7693
M: 07734 157038
Deputy Chief Executive
T: 02890 89 7698