Affordable and community-led housing

My Community brings you the latest tools, tips and ideas to help make your community a brilliant place to live.

The resources in this hub have been designed to support people and groups who want to ensure there is high quality and affordable housing available in their local area.

The need for decent affordable housing is a huge and ever-growing issue in the UK. However, many people are unaware that they can have a real say over where housing is built, and what type of housing is built in their local area.

Community-led housing projects are run by individual community groups that are determined to build the types of homes that local people need and want.

While some community groups may be interested in working on new developments, others will focus on bringing empty homes and buildings back into use to meet local housing needs.

Although there are a wide range of community-led housing projects, the majority share the same core principles.

  • The community benefits: the benefits to the local community and the local area are clearly defined and protected;
  • The community is involved: the community is involved in decision making about the housing throughout the process about the housing: who, where, and how;
  • The community group takes a role: the group undertaking the project will take a role in ownership and/or management of the housing.

The hub includes guides, templates, case studies and reports and more. All of these are designed to help you address issues like:

  • Making sure there is high quality, affordable housing available in the local area that meets the community’s needs
  • Creating affordable housing for people in need including unemployed people, single parents, young people looking to buy their first house and key workers
  • Supporting older people and disabled people to downsize or find more appropriate property for their needs
  • Ensuring there are reasonably priced homes for families in your local area
  • Helping to address issues associated to long council house waiting lists

What are Community Rights?

Last updated: 12 May 2020

Community Rights are a set of powers that give you a greater say over how your community develops.

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