The Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations (NIFHA) is the ‘umbrella’ organisation representing, supporting and promoting the activities of the registered and many of the non-registered Housing Associations in Northern Ireland.
Registered housing associations are in part funded by government with the rest coming from private finance arranged separately by the association. The non-registered associations have more freedom to act but much less access to public money.
Furthermore, Co-ownership Housing, enables low-income applicants to partly buy and partly rent suitable homes, with the right to become full owners later. Since its inception it has help over 19,000 households purchase their home.