Rural Housing Association Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Rural Housing Association is celebrating 30 years of service this year. From our humble beginnings in 1992, when a group of like-minded individuals came together, with a passion to address the undersupply of social housing in rural communities, we have grown to an organisation with a portfolio of over 540 homes in rural communities across Northern Ireland.

We as an Association have worked hard across our 30-year history to ensure the organisation could flourish as the leading Housing Association delivering social housing to rural communities, with our housing management, finance, and development departments each playing their role in delivering the best possible service for our tenants, whilst also ensuring we have robust governance structures in place to protect the integrity of our organisation.

Thirty years on, we remain true to the values of our founding members, continuing our mission to increase social housing supply across rural communities.  We are particularly proud of our development programme, which through high quality housing schemes designed to reflect the character and heritage of rural communities, is helping retain the unique rural character of our small towns and villages, whilst addressing the need for increased social housing at a local level.

Rural Housing Association continues to be a lead advocate for disadvantaged rural communities and in doing so we are helping break down barriers to social housing provision in some of our most remote rural communities such as Rathlin Island.

On Monday 3rd October, we hosted a special celebration event at the Ulster American Folk Park, to mark the association’s achievements over the last 30 years.  The event was attended by tenants, local MLAs, councillors, and representatives from across the finance, housing, construction and community sector.

Chief Executive, Stephen Fisher commented, “Rural community is extremely important for many people, and its essential that those who want to live in rural areas are afforded the opportunity to do so.  In the last 30 years our desire to bring social housing to rural communities hasn’t changed, and with more than 540 home right across Northern Ireland, we can see the positive impact we have made.”