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.