IPA Housing Forum

IPA Housing Forum

The Housing Forum is an initiative of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), to create a platform from which persons working in housing can build their knowledge about what is happening in the sector. Launched in September 2020, the Forum went from strength-to-strength in 2021.

The IPA Housing Forum offers monthly online webinars, relevant housing literature and articles and a platform for housing practitioners working across the public, voluntary and private housing sectors to engage and discuss policy and best practice.

Housing is a complex system, embedded in the economic and social system of the country. The government is faced with the need to design effective public policies and to create a supportive regulatory environment to meet the housing objectives set out in Housing for All. But getting the policy right is only the start of the process – it also has to be implemented. For this the key requirement is for a well-resourced body of housing professionals working mainly in local government and the voluntary sector. More than ever there is a requirement for knowledgeable, experienced and well-skilled individuals capable of making difficult decisions and of providing key services to the public in a fair and efficient manner.

The IPA Housing Forum provides a platform from which such individuals can access and supplement the necessary information, knowledge and skills to undertake their challenging roles.

Topics covered in the 2021 Webinar Schedule included:
  • What the Future holds for Housing Associations?
  • An Evolving EU Housing Policy
  • Asset Management and Housing Maintenance
  • Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2020
  • A Brief Overview of Anti-Social Behaviour/Estate Management and a Legal Perspective on Enforcement
  • Differential Rent
  • Housing for All - First Impressions
  • Cost of Housing Provision
  • Residential Tenancies Board - Survey of Attitudes in the Private Rented Sector

2022 Webinar dates are outlined in the 2022 Programme brochure here.

Membership 2022

The Forum is open to organisations working in the housing area or with a special interest in housing.  Current Forum membership includes local authorities, housing associations, state bodies and public bodies.

Forum Members will have access to the Members’ Area on the Housing Forum website where they will benefit from additional resources. 

Further information about membership is available on the IPA Housing Forum Website here.

If you are interested in joining the IPA Housing Forum you can register your interest here.  For any additional information, please email housingforum@ipa.ie.

Housing Practitioner's Conference 2022

The 2022 Housing Practitioner's Conference will take place in the Grand Hotel Malahide on Thursday, 26 May and a half day on Friday, 27 May 2022.

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD will open the Conference which will involve a day and a half of subject matter experts discussing best practice and policy on housing as well as a series of workshops.  This year's conference is organised under the umbrella of Housing for All: Supply, Sustainability and Capacity.

The Conference is being organised as a joint-initiative between the Institute of Public Administration and The Housing Agency.

Conference Programme is available here.


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