CIH: NIE housing strategy must 'push boundaries'
The Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland has called on the forthcoming Northern Ireland Executive housing strategy to ‘push boundaries’ to tackle the country’s ‘dysfunctional’ housing system.
Jim Dennison, director of CIH Northern Ireland, told a panel of sector representatives today that the housing strategy, due to be published by social development minister Nelson McCausland in the coming months, is a major opportunity for housing.
‘This strategy can bring people together across the sector to deliver the homes, the support and the communities that we need in Northern Ireland,’ he said.
‘We ask the minister to ensure that the strategy will put communities at the front and centre of policy.’
Mr Dennison said the CIH’s hope is that the strategy pushes the boundaries, has a clear vision, is people centred and has a focus on providing different housing options.
‘At CIH, we are realistic enough to know that there is not a bottomless pit of money,’ he added.
In a briefing to the Department for Social Development committee in Stormont in February, ministers said the housing strategy would contain four key themes: ensuring decent affordable homes across tenure, meeting housing needs for vulnerable people, using housing for regeneration, and improving the structures that underpin the housing market.