Thousands of new homes for Northern Ireland
Plans to build 4,600 new social homes across Northern Ireland have been announced by social development minister Nelson McCausland.
The social housing development programme for 2012/13 to 2014/15 sets out plans to build 4,600 new homes for rent, using government funding of £268 million combined with match funding from the housing associations.
Work has already started to deliver the first 1,325 new homes this year, and all the homes will be delivered by housing associations under the directive of the Housing Executive.
The Northern Ireland Executive has promised to build 8,000 social and affordable homes by 2015.
Mr McCausland said: ‘The provision of high quality, energy efficient housing is a key priority for my department. This new programme has been directed at the widest possible range of general and supported housing needs throughout all parts of Northern Ireland and will make a significant difference to the lives of a great many people.
‘This level of investment also represents a huge boost for the local construction industry and will be a major contributor in helping to grow our economy. We already know that for every £1 invested in construction, almost £3 is generated elsewhere and that every £1 million of investment supports 12 jobs - seven directly and five indirectly.’
Each scheme is listed on the Housing Executive’s website.