Helm reinstatement to Social Housing Development Programme

6 November 2013

A final review carried out by the Department for Social Developmentâ??s Housing Inspection Team has resulted in the reinstatement of Helm Housing to the Social Housing Development Programme. 


The DSD reported that all issues indentified in the inspection which took place in May 2013 have now been addressed and that the association â??has continued to make good progress through active involvement with the Board and due diligence by the Development Team.â?


Welcoming the Departmentâ??s announcement, Liz Cuddy, Chair of Helm Housing said: â??Todayâ??s announcement allows Helm Housing to move forward its development priorities across Northern Ireland.  Along with the ongoing £2.5m investment in our maintenance programme, which will see significant improvements made to nearly 1,200 homes in 2013/14, today heralds a new era for Helm and allows us to fully focus on what we do best - providing affordable homes and support services for people across Northern Ireland.â?


Established in 1975, Helm Housing currently owns and manages 5,519 social housing units, through both direct provision and through schemes operated in partnership with health and care providers. 


â??Housing Associations now have a wider responsibility, both to lead the development and improvement of social housing, and also to promote and support wider community regeneration in towns and cities across Northern Ireland. This will mean physical investment in homes along with support in developing a wider community infrastructure in the areas where we work,â? added Liz.


â??Helm Housing looks forward to working with DSD, NIHE, partner agencies and other housing associations to deliver the targets and priorities set within the Programme for Government, â?? she concluded.

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