We are pleased to announce that the community-led housing sector has been awarded £1million by the Nationwide Foundation to support the creation of more affordable homes.
The National CLT Network is one of six organisations to receive a share of the funding, which focuses on developing the technical support and advice that is available to community-led housing groups.
We will now be working with the Confederation of Cooperative Housing and UK Cohousing to deliver three key workstreams and ensure the sustainable growth of the community-led housing market:
- a specialist training and accreditation programme for the sector, this ‘gold standard’ of technical advice, will ensure communities always receive the best information;
- growing the support that it is available across the country, by creating a network of local enablers including technical advisors and community-led housing hubs and;
- the creation of a centralised community-led housing website, where the public will be given step-by-step guidance on how to deliver their own housing.
This is fantastic news for the movement and demonstrates the growing belief in community-led housing. The news follows two major funding announcements in 2017: The Government’s relaunch of the Community Housing Fund which will amount to a further £180million over the next four years, and the Greater London Authority investing £250,000 towards the creation of the London Community-Led Housing Hub.
The other organisations to receive funding from the Nationwide Foundation are:
· Action with Communities in Rural England
· Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust
· Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust
· Lincolnshire Community Land Trust CIC
· Wessex Community Assets
Catherine Harrington, Director of the National CLT Network, said:
“Communities all over England and Wales already believe in community-led housing. They are turning to approaches like Community Land Trusts because traditional housing models are letting them down.
“The community-led housing movement is really making its mark, and is being increasingly recognised as a credible housing solution for those in need of good quality and genuinely affordable homes. The sector is on the cusp of significant expansion thanks to investment from the Government and now the Nationwide Foundation.
“We are very grateful to the Nationwide Foundation for this funding, and the support they have shown to the movement over many years. This investment will help to develop a solid infrastructure that will strengthen the movement and ensure its long-term sustainability.”
Leigh Pearce, Chief Executive of the Nationwide Foundation, said:
“We envisage a future where community-led housing is thriving and where many more people, especially those in housing need, are living in homes that have been created by the community. Yet, we know that the availability of help can make or break whether a much-needed scheme can get off the ground. We want to ensure that community groups wanting to deliver community-led housing can realise their vision and ultimately enable local people to establish settled lives, close to family and employment.”