Housing Strategy:A Solution to Homelessness                Brian Rowntree,                Chairman                Northern...
About UsEstablished 1971 as comprehensive housing authorityStrategic functions include: Examining housing need and condit...
Housing in Northern Ireland•   Population 1.65 million•   Total homes: 647,000•   Home Ownership:72%•   Housing Executive:...
Homelessness in Northern IrelandStatutory Classification of Homelessness:• Eligible• Homeless• Priority Need• Unintentiona...
Homelessness: Nature of ProblemIn 2005/06:• 9,700 found to be homeless• Single households 33%• Family with children 43%• E...
Homeless Strategy•   “Making a Real Difference to People’s Lives”    launched September 2002•   Followed major review whic...
Homeless Strategy•   Multi-disciplinary team of representatives from    health, social, voluntary and housing sectors to  ...
Homeless Strategy – Planning•   Promoting Social Inclusion Working Group•   Area Homeless Action plans•   Inter Agency Arr...
Homeless Strategy - Provision•   Permanent Housing•   New Build Programme•   Sectoral Strategies•   Special Purchases•   S...
Homeless Strategy – Prevention•   Prevention Programme•   Debt Counselling•   Rent Guarantee Schemes•   Adaptations•   Lea...
Homeless Strategy - Services•   Multi-needs assessment•   After Hours Services•   Advice and information•   Appeals       ...
Homeless StrategyKey targets for Housing Executive including:•   ODPM Directive on use of B&B (families)        - Target m...
Key Challenges•   Engagement with other Government    Agencies•   Prevention Services•   Expanding Supporting People•   Te...
 “Peopledo not think of us as victims or have any idea how tough it is to be on the streets. People should remember - we ...
 “I was rehoused close to my family and  friends and it allowed the children and me to  get back on our feet again and st...
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Presentation given by Brian Rowntree, Nothern Ireland Housing Executive, UK at a FEANTSA seminar on "Glocalisation of homeless policies? How local authorities can strengthen their homeless strategies through transnational cooperation" Committee of the Regions, May 2006

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"Housing strategies as a solution to homelessness"

  1. 1. Housing Strategy:A Solution to Homelessness Brian Rowntree, Chairman Northern Ireland Housing Executive The Regional Housing Authority
  2. 2. About UsEstablished 1971 as comprehensive housing authorityStrategic functions include: Examining housing need and conditions Drawing up programmes to meet needs Improving housing conditions Landlord of 95,000 homes Leading role in regeneration Links with range of bodies Statutory responsibility for Homelessness www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  3. 3. Housing in Northern Ireland• Population 1.65 million• Total homes: 647,000• Home Ownership:72%• Housing Executive: 15%• Private Rented: 10%• Housing Association: 3% www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  4. 4. Homelessness in Northern IrelandStatutory Classification of Homelessness:• Eligible• Homeless• Priority Need• Unintentional www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  5. 5. Homelessness: Nature of ProblemIn 2005/06:• 9,700 found to be homeless• Single households 33%• Family with children 43%• Elderly households 17%• Marital / family breakdown main reason 29% www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  6. 6. Homeless Strategy• “Making a Real Difference to People’s Lives” launched September 2002• Followed major review which found that: • Nature of homelessness more varied and complex • Traditional responses inadequate www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  7. 7. Homeless Strategy• Multi-disciplinary team of representatives from health, social, voluntary and housing sectors to oversee implementation• Strategy’s approach: 1. Planning 2. Provision 3. Prevention 4. Services www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  8. 8. Homeless Strategy – Planning• Promoting Social Inclusion Working Group• Area Homeless Action plans• Inter Agency Arrangements• Supporting People Strategy• Research www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  9. 9. Homeless Strategy - Provision• Permanent Housing• New Build Programme• Sectoral Strategies• Special Purchases• Supported Accommodation (Permanent)• Temporary Accommodation - supported - unsupported www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  10. 10. Homeless Strategy – Prevention• Prevention Programme• Debt Counselling• Rent Guarantee Schemes• Adaptations• Learning Institutions• Shelternet• Community Housing Advice Project www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  11. 11. Homeless Strategy - Services• Multi-needs assessment• After Hours Services• Advice and information• Appeals www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  12. 12. Homeless StrategyKey targets for Housing Executive including:• ODPM Directive on use of B&B (families) - Target met• Reduce overall use of B&B by 50% by March 2006 - Achieved• Develop Rough Sleepers Strategy - Achieved / Being Implemented• Assessments within 33 days for 95% of cases - Achieved in 97% of cases www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  13. 13. Key Challenges• Engagement with other Government Agencies• Prevention Services• Expanding Supporting People• Temporary Accommodation Mix• New Provision• Engaging with young people www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  14. 14.  “Peopledo not think of us as victims or have any idea how tough it is to be on the streets. People should remember - we are decent people. Without this facility I would be dead. I can treat it as my own place and I just love it.” Phil from West Belfast www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority
  15. 15.  “I was rehoused close to my family and friends and it allowed the children and me to get back on our feet again and start a new life without the terrible worry of debt and homelessness.” Julie from East Belfast www.nihe.gov.uk The Regional Housing Authority

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