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    Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland

    The Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland project has now been completed and you can access the final report at the bottom of this page.

    About the project

    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 combined 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 complemented CIH's Rethinking social housing project which asks these questions in the England context. Find out more about the NI project.

    You can also revisit the project news and read the final report below.

    Principal sponsor

    Department for Communities


    Choice Housing Clanmil Housing Radius Housing Triangle Housing

    Project news »

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    • 14/11/18 A mix of private and social housing needed in new Northern Ireland developments - the final report launch story for the project Read more
    • 04/07/18 Right to Buy a ‘double edged sword’ - Justin Cartwright says it’s clear from the research that opinion is divided on the house sales scheme Read more
    • 01/07/18 Shaping the future of social housing in Northern Ireland - writing for Inside Housing, Nicola McCrudden gives a flavour of the findings from the research Read more
    • 05/04/18 Tackling inequalities and understanding diverse needs must be central to CIH project - Equality Commission's Deborah Howe says it’s vital for Rethinking social housing NI to reflect the needs of all our people Read more
    • 26/03/18 Re-assessing the mission, purpose and values of social housing - Michael McDonnell, group chief executive of Choice Housing, says the time is right to ask some fundamental questions about social housing Read more
    • 20/03/18 Housing sector realises more than ever the importance of listening to residents - Supporting Communities chief executive Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard Read more
    • 14/03/18 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
    • 27/02/18 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
    • 14/02/18 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
    • 14/02/18 Major new project to model the future of social housing in Northern Ireland - the launch story for the project Read more