FCT 20110525-12 - IFI Building Integration - Shared Neighbourhood - Jennifer Hawthorne NIHE
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FCT 20110525-12 - IFI Building Integration - Shared Neighbourhood - Jennifer Hawthorne NIHE Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Forum for Cities in Transition: Building Integration in Housing Jennifer Hawthorne Head of the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion Unit 25th May 2011
  • 2. Context
    • Housing Executive established 40 years ago as housing allocations highly controversial
    • From day one we had to deal with highly volatile situation (e.g. 60 000 people forced to leave their homes between 1969-73 and 14 000 homes destroyed in 1972 as people fled to areas they felt safe in)
    • Housing became deeply segregated, particularly in social housing sector. This continues to present day
  • 3. Context
    • Today 90% residential segregation, 94% in Belfast (Source: NIHE “Mapping Segregation Report”)
    • Continue to have incidents of intimidation resulting in homelessness. “We became used to picking up the pieces of conflict and segregation”
    • 88 Peace walls in Belfast
    • YET things are changing slowly. Most people (80%)would like to live in mixed neighbourhoods
  • 4. Shared Neighbourhood Programme
    • Unique new pilot programme established 3 years ago in order to work within established NIHE housing estates and have greater impact than just small scale new build schemes
    • Followed the model of existing shared estates such as Springfarm and Ballynafeigh
    • IFI funding of £868k allowed programme to be delivered
    • This is a Good Relations programme delivered through the communities. Not to the communities
  • 5. Shared Neighbourhood Programme
    • From it’s inception in 2008, 30 estates have agreed to participate in this new programme across the whole of NI
    • It now includes 60,000 people
    • It has established the concept that ‘sharing is good’ and shared neighbourhoods are good places to live
    • Shortlisted for Housing Heroes award
    • Extremely positive independent evaluation
    • Aim is to continue the programme and mainstream it
  • 6. SNP Phase 2 Evaluation Quotes
    • “ the shared neighbourhood approach is really valued. The connection to the Cohesion Team is worth more than the £8k budget”
    • “ its about sustaining estates, because its with the Housing Executive, they won’t just walk away from us”
    • “ I saw the SNP as a success, it sparked and idea and the community took up the challenge and ran with it”
    • “ its an interesting thing for the Housing Executive to do. They don’t have to do it...you might expect CRC or OFM. The Housing Executive is like an honest broker...its a good place for it...they should do it, but they don’t have to”
  • 7. Conclusion
    • Much still needs to be done. We will:
    • Continue to develop the approach led out by the Shared Neighbourhood Programme and weave it in to mainstream NIHE policy
    • Put Good Relations at the heart of social housing by training key NIHE staff
    • Extend the SNP work into hard to reach communities and work in new estates on good relations projects and training
    • We need to demonstrate why developing better community cohesion is" a good thing” to do in order to get more agencies and Departments involved in practical programmes