Oaklee Housing is a member of the Choice Housing Ireland Group and avails of many services from the Group including; the Customer Services Centre, some management services and financial services. As a landlord of more than 9,900 units of accommodation, like Oaklee Housing, Choice is about much more than bricks and mortar. It has forged a network of important relationships with partners and local communities to help advance its long-term plans and aspirations.
Across Northern Ireland, Choice works with more than 45 different organisations and local health trusts to maximise the value and impact of its work. Strength through collaboration means Choice can make a greater difference in the lives of thousands of customers; get more homes underway and help reduce acute housing need.
A central focus for Choice has been its push to support people into employment and to seize new training and learning opportunities. When developing contract specifications, Choice challenges prospective partners to consider how they can put something back into the community particularly in relation to targeted training or employment outcomes. Social clauses within contract specifications contribute significantly to social and economic development in the community.
Choice is also stepping up to a range of housing challenges with new initiatives that promote social inclusion, reduce isolation and addressing inequalities. Building strong and resilient communities is a collective goal for our sector and Choice is committed to broadening its partnership network in the months and years ahead.
We have a very positive working relationship between the team in Dublin and colleagues based in Northern Ireland. Likewise, the Oaklee Housing Tenants' Forum works closely with the Tenants' Forum in Choice on a number of topics.