The Housing Executive has met Derry City & Strabane District Council for an update on the housing body’s plans for the next year and to report on last year’s investment.
It is due to make a significant investment in the Derry City & Strabane area during 2019/20 to support the delivery of new homes.
Almost £33.12m will be invested in upgrading and maintaining its properties, supporting people to live independently, increasing the energy efficiency of homes and providing grant aid in the private sector.
Through its Landlord and Regional Services last year, the Housing Executive invested £92.19m in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area, as part of £124.72m overall housing spend for the area during 2018/19. This includes grant aid to housing associations for the building and rental of new houses.
The Housing Executive gave a presentation on its Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors, during which it highlighted many of the organisation’s achievements made over the past year.
Maintaining its housing stock is a priority for the Housing Executive, and this year the organisation will spend £11.64m in the Derry City & Strabane District Council area, on planned and response maintenance to its homes.
This will include external maintenance work to 2,041 homes, heating installation in 526 homes and double glazing in 368 homes.
This year, it plans to invest almost £2.21m on stock improvements and adaptations for disabled persons.
During 2019/20, in partnership with housing associations, around 639 new homes are planned throughout the Derry City & Strabane District Council area.
The Housing Executive endeavours to support the most vulnerable members of society through its Supporting People Programme.
In 2019/20, the Housing Executive will invest over £16.52m for housing support services.
The Housing Executive currently funds 69 accommodation based services for 1,331 service users in the Derry City & Strabane area as well as 10 floating support services for 488 service users.
The Housing Executive continues to contribute to the private sector through a variety of grants to help adapt homes and to support people living in their own home, for longer.
Last year, it approved 154 disabled facilities grants and a number of repair and renovation grants totalling £2.07m.
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