The Northern Ireland Housing Council has a duty to advise the Minister for Social Development on housing matters and to examine housing matters from a strategic perspective.
It is an advisory and consultative body considering any matter affecting housing referred to it by the Minister or the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, or any matter which appears to be a matter pertinent to housing on the wider front. The Housing Council may also consult with or be consulted by other organisations on a wide range of housing related matters.
The Housing Council is also a monitoring body, and regularly reviews progress reports and monitors performance of those responsible for ensuring the delivery of housing services in Northern Ireland.
The Housing Council is made up of one representative from each of the 11 Councils in Northern Ireland.