Northern Ireland Housing Conference 2018

When

Thursday 15th March
Starting at 8.30am

Where

Titanic
Belfast

Northern Ireland Housing Conference

Housing is an issue that is never far from the headlines as chronic shortages and rising costs have a dramatic impact on the supply of affordable housing available. In Northern Ireland there are currently 37,611 households on the social housing waiting list, of which 23,694 are considered to be in housing stress. The average wait for a home is around 38 months.

Facing the Future was the first Housing Strategy to be developed in Northern Ireland, and it set out the vision for housing over the five years to 2017. Work is ongoing on the regulation of the private rented sector and looking at the allocation of social housing. The draft Programme for Government Housing Delivery Plan also outlines a number of key actions around the number of households in housing stress and the gap between supply and demand.

Challenges ahead

As we begin 2018, where are we? Massive challenges remain, not least in relation to the precarious political environment. No functioning devolved government, the impending exit from the EU, future funding challenges and sweeping welfare changes have created unprecedented difficulties. The general trend towards an increase in the number of households, an inability to build enough homes to match growth and house price volatility has left a legacy of undersupply which needs to be addressed and ongoing demographic pressures continue to have an impact on the importance of care and support. The issue of reclassification of Housing Associations is also a potential threat as are issues around planning and development.

Focused conference

This conference will focus on the challenges that lie ahead and discuss the way forward to ensure we are able to meet current and future housing needs. It will bring together the key stakeholders with an interest or role in housing in Northern Ireland and attract a good attendance from across the sector.

Housing in numbers

  • In 2016-17 18,773 households presented as homeless to NIHE
  • This is a decrease of less than 1% from the previous year
  • 33% are single males and 32% are families
  • During 2016-17, there were 1,387 Social Housing Development new dwelling completions
  • This is an increase of 15% from previous year but still lower than 2014-15

The Speakers


Ben
Collins

Chief Executive Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations

Jamie
Delargy

Business Broadcaster

Nichola
Mallon, MLA

Chair Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on Housing

Michael
McDonnell

Chief Executive Choice Housing

Professor Siobhan
O’Neill

Mental Health Sciences Ulster University

Eileen
Patterson

Director of Communities Radius Housing

Jim
Ripley

Chief ExecutivePhoenix Community Housing, London

Professor Peter
Roberts

Interim Chair Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Elaine
Scott

Housing Development and Regeneration Manager Edinburgh City Council

Louise
Warde-Hunter

Deputy Secretary Department for Communities

Conference Programme

08:30

Registration & morning coffee

09:00

Chairman's welcome and introduction:
Jamie Delargy
Business Broadcaster


The future of housing policy in Northern Ireland
Louise Warde-Hunter, Deputy Secretary
Department for Communities


Priorities for housing
Nichola Mallon, MLA Chair
Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on Housing


People, property and places: Using housing and associated services to deliver sustainable communities
Professor Peter Roberts, Interim Chair
Northern Ireland Housing Executive


Better tenant engagement: The Community Gateway Model
Jim Ripley, Chief Executive and Anne McGurk, Chair
Phoenix Community Housing, London


Questions & answers / Panel discussion

10.45

Morning coffee / Networking opportunity

11.15

The reclassification challenge
Ben Collins, Chief Executive
Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations


Determining housing need: The Scottish model
Elaine Scott, Housing Development and Regeneration Manager
Edinburgh City Council


Overcoming the hurdles of development
Michael McDonnell, Chief Executive
Choice Housing


The impact of housing problems on mental health
Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Mental Health Sciences
Ulster University


Allocation of social housing
Eileen Patterson, Director of Communities
Radius Housing


Questions & answers / Panel discussion

13:15

Chairman’s summary and conference close followed by networking lunch

Registration



A high level panel of local and visiting experts will examine key issues including:

✔ Future housing policy in Northern Ireland
✔ The impact of welfare reform
✔ Developing models for better tenant engagement
✔ Ensuring the supply of affordable housing
✔ The impact of welfare reform: Dealing with Universal Credit
✔ Allocation of social housing
✔ The impact of housing problems on mental health
✔ Reclassification of Housing Associations
✔ Overcoming the hurdles of development
✔ Determining housing need

Sponsorship & exhibition opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibiting?

There are a number of opportunities for interested organisations to become involved with this conference as sponsors or exhibitors. This is an excellent way for organisations to raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision-makers from across the housing sector in Northern Ireland. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Lynda Millar on 028 9261 9933.

Location and Venue

Venue

Titanic Belfast

1 Olympic Way Queen's Road

Belfast

BT3 9EP

Tel: +44 (0)28 9076 6386