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Housing Executive to invest 19.7million

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

THE Housing Executive has announced a 19.7million investment into properties in the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (NMDC) area.

Officials from the Housing Executive met NMDC last night (Monday) to update it on the housing body's plans for the next 12 months and on the previous year's investment.

The significant investment during 2017/18 is aimed at supporting the delivery of new homes in the NMDC area.

The 19.7million will be used to upgrade and maintain its properties, supporting people to live independently, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and providing grant aid in the private sector.

Through its landlord and regional services, last year the Housing Executive invested 25.08 million in the NMDC area, this includes grant aid to Housing Associations for the building of new houses to rent.

The Housing Executive gave a presentation on its Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local councillors, during which it highlighted many of the achievements the organisation has made throughout Northern Ireland in the past year.

Speaking at the presentation to NMDC Siobhan McCauley, the Housing Executive's Director of Regional Services, 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 NMDC 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 its housing stock is a priority for the Housing Executive and this year in the NMDC area, the organisation will spend 7.48millionon planned and response maintenance to its homes.

This will include outside maintenance work to 753 homes and revenue replacements to 401 homes, to address energy efficiency, heating installations will be carried out in 273 homes and capital improvement schemes will also be carried out to a value of 4.69million.

In the NMDC area, the Housing Executive will also support those tenants who need help to live independently in their homes through the provision of adaptations.

Last year it spent 710k on both major and minor works helping people live more comfortably in their homes.

During 2017-20, in partnership with housing associations, around 538 new homes are planned throughout the area.

The Housing Executive currently funds 56 accommodation based services in the NMDC area as well as six floating support services.

Manager of the Newry, Mourne and Down Housing Executive area Loma Wilson, added: "We are committed to investing in the Newry, Mourne and Down area to improve the lives of people in our communities.

"My thanks are extended to the councillors and officers of NMDC 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."

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