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    Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland

    Welcome to Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland.

    Northern Ireland remains a traditional housing market. Broadly speaking, the way social housing is approached strategically has not changed much over the last couple of decades.

    However, there have been major changes to how social security works locally, and also in Britain which has experienced both broader change in relation to housing and the tragedy at Grenfell tower. This has all arguably placed social housing in the spotlight like never before. And at this time, Northern Ireland is working to a new Programme for Government that recognises the need to close the gap between housing need and supply.

    So it's timely to consider the role and purpose of social housing in today's society, to help inform thinking around its future direction in Northern Ireland. What do people think social housing should be? What is the value of social housing? How can providers make sure their work is relevant and responsive to people's housing requirements? And how can government maximise the potential of social housing to provide housing solutions?

    These and other fundamental questions lie at the heart of Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland. The project will combine original research and engagement with tenants, the general public, the Housing Executive, housing associations and political parties to explore fundamental questions about the future of social housing. It will compliment CIH's Rethinking social housing project which asks these questions in the England context. Find out more about the NI project.

    You can also find out the latest project news and, crucially, how you can get involved below.

    Principal sponsor

    Department for Communities


    Choice Housing Clanmil Housing Radius Housing Triangle Housing

    Latest news »

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    • 14/3 So important we explore the unique context of social housing in Northern Ireland - CIH director for Northern Ireland Nicola McCrudden is keen to give people space to discuss ideas and help create a vision for social housing Read more
    • 27/2 The big interview: Rethinking social housing NI chair, Will Haire - we speak to the project's chair, who is also chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to find out his hopes for the project and much more Read more
    • 14/2 Interested in NI social housing? Here's your chance to join the debate on its future - CIH Northern Ireland policy and practice expert Justin Cartwright takes a look at the project and encourages people to get involved Read more
    • 14/2 Major new project to model the future of social housing in Northern Ireland - the launch story for the project Read more

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    Do you work, live or are interested in social housing? Now is your chance to join the debate on the future of social housing.

    Want to have your say as an individual? Take our short Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland poll.

    Want to participate in a workshop near you? Book onto one of the three workshops below:

    Derry, Thursday 12 April Book now

    Belfast, Tuesday 17 April Book now

    Dungannon, Wednesday 2 May Book now