National CLT Network helps launch Government-funded programme to enable community led housing go mainstream

Friday 15 February 2019

The National CLT Network has worked alongside three other housing charities to launch Community Led Homes - a brand new Government-funded community led housing programme which will provide funding, training and specialist advice.

Community led housing is a way that people can come together to solve their own housing challenges and provide high quality and affordable homes. It is estimated that the sector will build and renovate over 5,000 homes in the next five years.

The Ministry of Housing has committed an additional £6m to the sector, supplementing the £163m Community Housing Fund which was launched by Government last year. Through the Community Led Homes Programme, groups can now apply for up to £10,000 seed-corn grants to cover start-up costs including legal incorporation fees.

Over £3.5m will also be invested into the growing network of regional enabling hubs which provide groups with technical advice and support. This latest funding comes just weeks after the Mayor of London announced his own £38m Community Housing Fund. Sadiq Khan has pledged to support 1,000 community led homes in the capital by 2021.

More information about community led housing, including how to apply for a grant, can be found at www.communityledhomes.org.uk

Samantha Jones, Head of the Community Led Homes programme, said:

“Communities want to play their part in tackling the country’s affordable housing crisis and many are forming community led housing groups to do so. In the next five years the movement will build over 5,000 affordable homes. We’ve created the Community Led Homes programme to help this figure increase further still, and in time, for community led housing to become a mainstream housing option.

“This programme is the culmination of a huge amount of work from the four organisations involved and demonstrates our belief that in partnership we can support more communities to imagine and realise the affordable housing they so desperately need. Together we are committed to building a lasting legacy for community led housing.”

 

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