Vincent Keenan – Chief Executive, North and East Housing Association

  • Speaker Bio:

    Vincent is Chief Executive of North and East Housing Association. North and East Housing Association was established in 1993 and provides and manages social housing in the North and East Region of Ireland. Since the ending of 100% capital Funding from the state in 2009 for social housing, North and East Housing has entered a number of arrangements for the purchase and building of homes from developers, this has involved borrowing funds from banks and the Housing Finance Agency. North and East is also in advanced negotiations with private investment funds for the long term leasing of housing. Prior to his appointment in 2014 Vincent worked for Co-operative Housing Ireland (previously NABCO) for 12 years as Executive Director with responsibility for housing and community services, Vincent lead on the provision of housing services to more than 1,800 homes nationally.

    Vincent has 25 years’ experience in housing, homelessness, housing development, management and social and community service development.

    Vincent has participated in negotiation of social partnership agreements and was appointed by the Minister of Housing to the National Homeless Consultative Committee on which he served 7 years.

    Vincent has also served as non- executive director on a number of not for profit organisations and was elected to the board of The Wheel in May 2014 and is a member of the Irish Council for Social Housing Supply and Development subcommittee. Vincent holds qualifications in Housing management, community development, counselling and has BSc (Hons) Degree in Business Studies from Ulster University.

    Presentation Title:

    Ireland’s housing crisis – some practical perspectives from the voluntary housing sector.

    Presentation Synopsis:

    In this presentation, Shane McQuillan and Vincent Keenan will discuss the current housing crisis affecting Ireland in 2016, and will address some possible solutions. Shane will look at the scale of the problem and its principal causes, and will examine some of the steps that might be required involving Government, financial institutions, developers, builders and other key players. Vincent will describe the work going on in the voluntary housing sector to help address the current problems, and will share his perspective on how the contribution of approved housing bodies such as North and East Housing Association could be maximised.

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