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Three HAs look at mass merger

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing

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Three Northern Irish housing associations are considering merging.

Oaklee Homes Group, Trinity Housing and Helm Housing Association, who manage nearly 14,000 homes between them, have formed a working group to discuss the potential merger over the forthcoming months.

A spokesperson for the social landlords said: “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.

“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.”

Oaklee Homes Group provides and manages social housing, care and support services, and runs in the region of 6,000 units across Northern Ireland.

Established in 1977, Trinity Housing owns approximately 2,100 units of accommodation and its main areas of activity are in the provision of support services within elderly accommodation, supported housing and general housing.

Helm Housing is one of the largest associations in Northern Ireland and offers affordable housing throughout the country, running more than 5,500 homes.

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