Northern Ireland Housing Conference 2019

When

Wednesday 13th March 2019
Starting at 8.30am

Where

Titanic
Belfast

Northern Ireland Housing Conference

In Northern Ireland there are currently 36,198 households on the social housing waiting list, of which 24,148 are considered to be in housing stress and 17,520 are deemed to be homeless. The average wait for a home is around 38 months. Housing is an issue that often hits the headlines as a shortage of affordable and quality housing is having a major impact on the lives of many, not least those who are vulnerable.

The impact of welfare reform continues to be felt, and with mitigations due to cease post 2020 it is difficult to see how the situation for many will improve. Having no functioning devolved government and the huge uncertainty surrounding the implications of Brexit is also a fundamental issue. Current derogation by the UK Treasury, limiting the impact of the decision to reclassify Northern Ireland housing associations as public bodies is set to expire in March 2019.

Despite the uncertainty in the political environment, organisations in the sector are continuing to forge ahead. Housing associations continue to provide more than just housing – they are involved in regeneration and building communities as well as providing badly needed care and support. There are also opportunities around thinking creatively with disruptive technologies and better tenant engagement.

Conference

This conference will bring together key stakeholders with an interest or role in housing in Northern Ireland and look at how we can fulfil the need for safe, affordable housing both now and in the future.

The Speakers


Clark
Bailie

Chief Executive Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Jamie
Delargy

Business Broadcaster

Wilton
Farrelly

Managing Director Choice Services

Janet
Hunter

Director
Housing Rights

Grainne
Mullin

Area Housing Manager
Radius Housing

John
O’Connor

Chief Executive
Housing Agency, Ireland

Dr Bert
Provan

Senior Research FellowLondon School of Economics

Paul
Taylor

Innovation Coach
Bromford

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

Policy

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

Welfare reform

The impact of welfare reform on individuals
Janet Hunter, Director
Housing Rights

Transformation

Transforming services to provide affordable and quality housing
Clark Bailie, Chief Executive
Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Rebuilding Ireland

Rebuilding Ireland: Tackling the housing crisis
John O’Connor, Chief Executive
Housing Agency, Ireland

Community investment

Clarion Futures: Transforming lives and communites
Clare Miller, Group Chief Executive
Clarion Housing Group (invited)

10.45

Morning coffee / networking break

11.15
Technology

Technology to disrupt the social housing sector
Paul Taylor, Innovation Coach
Bromford

Mixed tenure

Creating normalised communities with mixed tenure housing
Grainne Mullin, Area Housing Manager
Radius Housing

Regeneration

Neighbourhood regeneration: What actually matters to residents?
Dr Bert Provan, Senior Research Fellow
London School of Economics

DSOs

The role of Direct Service Organisations in the social housing sector
Wilton Farrelly, Managing Director
Choice Services

Planning

Social housing and Local Development Plans
Presented by Turley

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
✔ Technology to disrupt the social housing sector
✔ The impact of welfare reform on individuals
✔ Transforming services to provide quality housing
✔ Direct Service Organisations for better outcomes
✔ Normalising mixed tenure housing
✔ Neighbourhoods regeneration: What actually matters?
✔ Social housing and Local Development Plans
✔ Building successful communities
✔ Lessons from elsewhere

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 Olivia Carragher 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