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As the representative body for Northern Ireland’s registered housing associations, NIFHA works for our members to:

  • showcase the role of quality social homes
  • campaign to policymakers on areas that challenge the sustainability and vibrancy of the housing association sector
  • encourage collaboration and the sharing of best practice across the sector and
  • engage with stakeholders to provide thought leadership and horizon scanning on key issues affecting the sector and our members.

Related content – Benefits to Society NI campaign video:

Benefits to Society NI video title screen shot

The 2018-21 Strategic Plan identifies four Strategic Themes under which twelve supporting objectives have been identified for delivery in 2019-20:

1        Enable the delivery of Great Homes and Thriving Communities

  • Increase engagement with local councils on planning and other issues
  • Seek the best possible public-sector conditions for development programme
  • Highlight the importance of community investment and the role of housing associations in creating vibrant communities, including Benefits to Society NI campaign
  • Support and advocate for the reclassification of housing associations

Related content – NIFHA’s It Starts with a Home, with key campaign asks, which was circulated to political parties before #GE19:

Cover of NIFHA It Starts with a Home booklet

2        Promote health, wellbeing and inclusion

  • Ensure that housing associations and their partner organisations can continue to deliver high-quality housing as well as care and support for vulnerable people
  • Deliver Peace IV Housing Associations Integration Project
  • Support housing associations to deliver Shared Neighbourhoods

Related content – Ark Housing Homeless Services video:

Screen shot from Ark Housing homelessness services video

3        Support resilient businesses and diversification into new areas

  • Support NIFHA members through welfare changes and likely end of mitigations
  • Work with the Regulator and engage with members on regulation process
  • Deliver business support services to our members
  • Future of housing – Explore and promote innovative housing solutions, including allocations policy

Related content – NIFHA is a member of the Cliff Edge Coalition NI campaign working group, read more: 

CliffEdgeNI campaign Twitter card

4        Ensure the sustainability of the Federation, that it operates to the highest standards and delivers value for money

  • Demonstrate NIFHA’s value to members and ensure NIFHA is well-governed and financially viable.