The social housing sector contributes more than £1 billion to the economy of Northern Ireland each year, and this positive impact could rise further with increased investment and policy changes – that was the key message of a new report launched by Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA).
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With 1 in 6 of all the homes in Northern Ireland being social or affordable, and more than 1,700 new homes built each year by housing associations, Benefits to Society NI sets out the wider impact the social housing sector has. This includes training and employability programmes, investment in housing stock maintenance and repairs, home improvement and disabled facilities grants, as well as community investment and neighbourhood building programmes. Across the 20 housing associations and the NIHE, the sector’s 6,000 staff deliver this wide range of services which help people, communities and the economy.