Small is beautiful – Locality calls for more funding for community-led housing
Funding to support community-led housing projects should be available following research which shows that small is beautiful – and very successful – Locality says.
Communities can and should be building their own housing, the national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations stresses, after its new research found that small-scale housing is a lynchpin community activity which leads to many other local benefits.
Download a copy of the report here: Understanding the Potential of Small Scale Community-led Housing.
Locality is also backing its own housing members to lead a new drive around grassroots support for start-up groups.
Chief Executive Tony Armstrong said: “Our research shows that there are already many successful small-scale community-led housing groups doing amazing work behind the scenes and bringing huge benefits to their areas.
“Community housing as social enterprise activity is both resilient and sustainable and it’s clear to see from the research that groups are providing highly competent housing services, as well as responsive maintenance and management, often employing local tradespeople and generating income for local economies.
“This supports the message of our Keep it Local campaign, which calls for public services to be commissioned and delivered at a local level, and we are delighted that our own members are leading the way and offering support to new groups who want to do their bit to end the housing crisis and help their own communities to benefit.
“What’s needed now is a new, long term approach to funding these groups as they can lead to fantastic outcomes and become an integral part of building the affordable housing this country so badly needs.”
The breadth of the added value in terms of contribution to different regenerative activities was described in the research report as ‘outstanding’. This included everything from increased volunteer hours to increased economic activity, and pointed to the clear need for a ‘value for money’ criterion to be included in the assessing of funding applications to take account of social impact.
Organisation featured in the report were from all over England and included:
- Back on the Map, Sunderland
- Bristol Charities
- Giroscope, Hull
- Glendale Gateway Trust, Northumberland
- Latch, Leeds
- Pembroke Estate TMO, Plymouth
- St Minver CLT, Cornwall,
- Starley Housing Cooperative, Coventry
- Stonesfield, Oxon
- Witton Lodge Community Association, Birmingham
The research, Understanding Small Scale Community-led Housing, was produced by Jo Gooding and Tom Johnston and funded by Locality and the Federation of Northumberland Development Trusts.