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Social Housing Reform Programme

The programme was created to develop a social housing sector fit for the future, that is tenant-focused, sustainable and enables investment in our communities.

Programme Vision

To create "Housing structures that support the provision of social and affordable homes, in thriving communities where people are proud to live”

Programme Aims

  • Improve housing structures, making the system financially sustainable for tenants and the NI Executive.
  • Ensure delivery of well maintained housing stock and increase investment in social housing more generally.
  • Improve the focus on strategy and regional delivery of services.
  • Create space and freedom for social landlords to play a more proactive and innovative role in the communities they serve.

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into two projects:

Structural Reform

To consider reform proposals for the role and scope of:
  • the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) landlord functions (the management of NIHE properties)
  • NIHE regional functions (including the assessment of housing conditions and need, the allocation of homes and the development and delivery of programmes that respond to that need), and
  • Departmental housing functions (including regulation).

Policy Reform

To develop reform proposals for social housing rent, tenant participation, local government engagement, and the regulation and inspection of social housing.


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