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Jul 23

Small is beautiful – Locality calls for more funding for community-led housing

Community housing, Keep it Local

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.

Housing reportThe research, which examined the work of 10 community-led housing organisations in England, was published in a report, Understanding Small Scale Community-led Housing which was launched this week.

Download a copy of the report here: Understanding the Potential of Small Scale Community-led Housing.

Grassroots support

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.”

Outstanding

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.

One comment

  1. Robert Alexander

    Posted 10/08/15 at 1:22 pm  |  Permalink

    A great report. We can offer fund free opportunities for anyone in the UK Housing sector who can use our national LocalitEEE Community resource hub. With the right partnerships, we hope to create more Community based LocalitEEE hubs, who can grow into leasing their own versions. Watch the link and contact us if you are interested. We are shortly looking to recruit LocalitEEE Community Volunteer Administrators to get started,wherever they live in the UK.

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