16 December 2013
Three of Northern Irelandâ??s leading housing associations are exploring the option of creating a new organisation.
Between them, Oaklee Homes Group, Trinity Housing and Helm Housing Association manage nearly 14,000 units of accommodation in Northern Ireland.Â A working group which includes representatives from all three organisations will discuss the potential tie-up over the forthcoming months.
A spokesperson for the associations said:
â??Oaklee Homes Group, Trinity Housing and Helm Housing will now explore the potential of creating a new organisation that would enhance services to tenants and make a significant contribution to building successful communities across Northern Ireland.
â??We recognise that a combined organisation could also give us a stronger position to respond to and lead changes in the housing environment. A working group drawn from the three Boards will seek to conclude their work in the next few months.â?
Housing Associations are among Northern Irelandâ??s biggest and most successful social enterprises. In 2012/2013 the sector recorded a turnover of Â£185m and a started construction on 2,336 new social and affordable homes.
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About Oaklee Homes Group
Oaklee Homes Group is a voluntary non-profit organisation, which provides and manages quality social housing, care and support services to meet a wide range of needs. It has in the region of 6,000 units across Northern Ireland. Oaklee is also the largest partnering organisation within the housing sector with thirty joint managed partners, who provide a wide range of care and support services.
About Trinity Housing
Established in 1977, Trinity Housing is a registered housing association and owns approximately 2,100 units of accommodation people in Northern Ireland. Its main area of activities is in the provision of social housing and support services within elderly accommodation, supported housing and general housing. Trinity Housing also works with other agencies to provide housing to adults requiring a higher level of support.Â Support and care is provided by Health Trusts and or voluntary agencies to enable people to live independently within the community. Trinity Housingâ??s Cedar Court development was shortlisted for the CIH Awards UK 2012.
About Helm Housing
Helm Housing has been a registered Housing Association in Northern Ireland with charitable status since 1975. It is a non-profit organisation making a significant contribution to the housing community. Helm is one of the largest associations in Northern Ireland and offers affordable, quality social housing throughout Northern Ireland. The organisation manages over 5,500 homes across Northern Ireland. Our housing is funded through Housing Association Grant and private funding.