NIFHA has met with councillors at Ards and North Down and Causeway Coast and Glens this week, as part of a series of presentations to local councils.
The presentations give councillors an opportunity to learn about the positive work of housing associations in their area and allow NIFHA to promote the work of the sector in building thriving communities, providing care and support and contributing to the local economy.
The meetings are of particular importance as councils are continuing to develop their community planning role. During community consultations residents have been highlighting priorities for their local areas and NIFHA has been explaining how the work of housing associations is helping towards addressing these issues.
NIFHA’s Chief Executive Cameron Watt, Deputy Chief Executive Jennie Donald and Policy Officer Pam Tilson told councillors at Ards and North Down about the ambitious plans housing associations have for the area but explained that access to land remained a barrier to providing new social and affordable homes.
The need for continued funding for Supporting People was also highlighted. The delegation explained that this funding is vital in ensuring housing associations can continue to provide high quality care and support for the most vulnerable people in our society.
The delegation was joined by Raymond Nicholl, Director of Housing and Development at Triangle Housing Association, for a wide ranging workshop at the Causeway Coast and Glens.
Many issues were discussed including the role of associations in community planning, the barriers they must overcome to develop and meet housing need and the positive impact they are making in the local area.
NIFHA looks forward to continuing this series of meetings and engagement with local councils.