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Nearly 500 new homes planned for Belfast

Nearly 500 new homes will be built in Belfast over the next year according to the latest investment plans from the Housing Executive.

They plan to build around 480 new homes throughout the city in partnership with housing associations.

The Housing Executive met with Belfast City Council on Tuesday to outline its plans for next year and to report on progress from the previous year.

The organisation have said they will spend £51.7m in the Belfast City Council area, on planned and response maintenance to its homes.

This will include external maintenance work to 4,600 homes, heating installation in 2,226 homes and double glazing in 752 homes.

They will also invest over £22.2m for housing support services.

The Housing Executive gave a presentation on its Housing Investment Plan (HIP) to local Councillors.

Some £82.3m was channelled into services to help the most vulnerable, which included £9.5m on homelessness and £72.8m through the Supporting People Programme.

In addition, there was a planned maintenance programme, with work undertaken at 23,093 homes; a direct investment of £118.4m to these homes. 

Homeowners and private landlords also received support, with £13.97m spent through grants and over £18.8m in tackling fuel poverty.

Speaking at the Presentation, the Housing Executive’s Regional Manager for Belfast, Jennifer Hawthorne said; “Our Belfast teams provide a high quality, dedicated housing service to the area.

“Working alongside our Customer Services Unit, Accounts and Housing Benefit teams, we provide our tenants and the wider community with an effective and efficient service.

“We are committed to investing in the Belfast area, to improve the lives of people in our community.

“My thanks are extended to the Councillors and Officers of Belfast City Council for their support for the Housing Executive - we look forward to continuing to work with them on matters of mutual interest, over the coming year.”

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