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We are campaigning for the Community Housing Fund to be renewed for a further 3 years

The Community Housing Fund has been incredibly successful.

From Cornwall to Cleveland, Liverpool to Peterborough, new community led homes have been built, enabled or started in development thanks to the fund. We know that without this fund, these homes would not be happening and many homes in development would have to stop.

Our asks for the 2022-25 budget

REVENUE FUNDING

£45m Revenue funding for projects

CAPITAL FUNDING

£7.5m of Capital funding for non-standard affordable tenures

INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT

£8m to complete the network of enabler hubs and advisers

SUBSIDY CONTROL

The Subsidy Control Bill to permit subsidy to CLH

Where are we now?

In September 2021 the former Housing Minister joined us to launch the research on the current pipeline and funding need. He warmly welcomed the research and said “community led housing has an important, indeed you might say, unique contribution to make to meeting our housing need”.

In October 2021, with partners in Community Led Homes, we sent in our Spending Review submission setting out the full policy case for extending the CHF.

Over the last six months we have also been speaking to lots of MPs across all parties, and encouraging our members and others in the sector to do the same. We have been working behind the scenes to influence officials, advisers and policy experts.

Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State, and current Stuart Andrew MP, Housing Minister, now have a decision to make. They can include the CHF renewal in their departmental budget for 2022-25, a process that will conclude by March. We know they both support the CHF in principle. But they need to put their money behind it, with a full £53 million plus flexibility on tenures in the Affordable Homes Programme.

Write to your MP!

If you’re a community led housing group developing a project, write to your MP today asking them to lobby on your behalf. Tell your MP all about your project, what you hope you achieve, and how critical a CHF grant will be. Your MP can write to Michael Gove MP asking that he renew the Community Housing Fund, citing your project. Letters from MPs have a huge impact on ministers.

The Community Housing Fund in numbers

existing community led homes in the UK

homes in the pipeline

demand over budget

public benefit for every £1 spent