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NIFHA’s Deputy Chief Executive addresses international housing conference

Published on: 30 June, 2016
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Jennie Donald addressed the ENHR conference

Hundreds of housing experts from Europe and further afield are visiting Belfast this week for the European Network of Housing Research (ENHR) conference – the biggest housing conference ever to be held in Northern Ireland.

The European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) is one of the largest multi-disciplinary research networks in Europe and has a range of working groups in areas such as:

  • Welfare Policy, Homelessness, and Social Exclusion;
  • Housing Finance;
  • Private Rented Markets;  and
  • Housing and Living Conditions of Ageing Populations

It is the first time that the ENHR conference has been hosted in Northern Ireland, with a theme of ‘Governance, Territory and Housing’.

Jennie Donald, NIFHA’s Deputy Chief Executive, spoke at the opening plenary session, providing an overview of the local housing market, different tenures, the role of housing associations and the future for housing in Northern Ireland.

She also outlined some of the challenges for housing in Northern Ireland, including the potential reclassification of the sector by ONS and the impact this could have on the sector’s capacity to access private finance for new development.

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Delegates have been able to visit housing projects in Belfast, Armagh and Derry~Londonderry to get an understanding of the Northern Ireland context and some of the challenges for housing in a post-conflict society.

Eileen Patterson of Fold also addressed the conference, speaking about the association’s role in developing shared neighbourhoods and creating places that everyone wants to live in.

A number of housing associations are sponsoring and supporting the event.

Commenting on the conference, Jennie Donald said: “NIFHA is delighted to have been a part of the conference and looks forward to continued engagement with the research community to support better outcomes for housing policy and practice.”

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