Fold Housing Association has completed a significant expansion of its office space in Newry city centre following a period of major growth in the Newry, Armagh and South Down areas. The new office was officially opened by Adele Doherty, Regional Operarations Manager, Alzheimer's Society - Fold's corporate charity partner.
Now one of the main social landlords in the area, Fold has recently increased its staffing levels at the Newry office from three to seven employees.
Stock levels have also reached new highs and the organisation is in the planning phase to provide a further 78 new homes in Newry, Armagh and Ardglass. This will bring the total number of stock managed from this office to approximately 950 and offer much needed social housing, including apartments, houses and bungalows for families with complex needs, in an area of high demand.
Fold provides 875 units in this area with sheltered accommodation for independent older people in Newry, Crossmaglen, Newtownhamilton, Rathfriland and Armagh. Accommodation for families and singles is available in Newry, Armagh, Crossmaglen, Forkhill, Clough and Ardglass.
The extension of the regional office is part of a long term strategy which will benefit Newry and the surrounding areas. The team based at this office are responsible for the housing management and maintenance of all current and planned developments in the Southern area.
Diana Fitzsimons, Chair of Fold Housing Association, said: “Our newly extended Newry office provides Fold with an enhanced presence at the heart of the local community and demonstrates our commitment to the wider southern regional area.”
“We ask our tenants what is important to them and then we listen to what they say. They are telling us that having the right accommodation to suit their needs and the needs of their family makes a real positive difference. Fold is proud to be able to meet the needs of our tenants and the communities they live in through the delivery of high quality homes like those that are so clearly evident in this area.”