A housing association is an independent, not-for-profit social business that provides both homes and support for people in housing need, as well as key community services. In Northern Ireland, housing associations vary in size from those with fewer than 100 homes to those providing more than 5,000.
They are major providers of social and affordable housing in, providing more than 53,000 social and affordable homes.
Housing associations build virtually all Northern Ireland’s new social homes. Since the economic downturn began, housing associations have delivered an increasing share of all new homes built here.
Housing associations also work to build strong communities, investing significantly in neighbourhood services, ranging from anti-social behaviour initiatives to supported employment programmes and IT classes. Ultimately, housing associations make communities better places to live and are important partners for public sector and community organisations.