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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

  1. 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. 2. Context <ul><li>Housing Executive established 40 years ago as housing allocations highly controversial </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>Housing became deeply segregated, particularly in social housing sector. This continues to present day </li></ul>
  3. 3. Context <ul><li>Today 90% residential segregation, 94% in Belfast (Source: NIHE “Mapping Segregation Report”) </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to have incidents of intimidation resulting in homelessness. “We became used to picking up the pieces of conflict and segregation” </li></ul><ul><li>88 Peace walls in Belfast </li></ul><ul><li>YET things are changing slowly. Most people (80%)would like to live in mixed neighbourhoods </li></ul>
  4. 4. Shared Neighbourhood Programme <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Followed the model of existing shared estates such as Springfarm and Ballynafeigh </li></ul><ul><li>IFI funding of £868k allowed programme to be delivered </li></ul><ul><li>This is a Good Relations programme delivered through the communities. Not to the communities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Shared Neighbourhood Programme <ul><li>From it’s inception in 2008, 30 estates have agreed to participate in this new programme across the whole of NI </li></ul><ul><li>It now includes 60,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>It has established the concept that ‘sharing is good’ and shared neighbourhoods are good places to live </li></ul><ul><li>Shortlisted for Housing Heroes award </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely positive independent evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Aim is to continue the programme and mainstream it </li></ul>
  6. 6. SNP Phase 2 Evaluation Quotes <ul><li>“ the shared neighbourhood approach is really valued. The connection to the Cohesion Team is worth more than the £8k budget” </li></ul><ul><li>“ its about sustaining estates, because its with the Housing Executive, they won’t just walk away from us” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I saw the SNP as a success, it sparked and idea and the community took up the challenge and ran with it” </li></ul><ul><li>“ 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” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Conclusion <ul><li>Much still needs to be done. We will: </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to develop the approach led out by the Shared Neighbourhood Programme and weave it in to mainstream NIHE policy </li></ul><ul><li>Put Good Relations at the heart of social housing by training key NIHE staff </li></ul><ul><li>Extend the SNP work into hard to reach communities and work in new estates on good relations projects and training </li></ul><ul><li>We need to demonstrate why developing better community cohesion is&quot; a good thing” to do in order to get more agencies and Departments involved in practical programmes </li></ul>

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