Community Asset Transfer: A toolkit for housing providers

Housing Providers typically own a range of Community Assets including land and buildings – in this case ‘Community Asset’ refers to community buildings such as community centres or meeting spaces. The management of these Community Assets is a significant part of Housing Providers’ Community Investment activity, yet little is known about the strategic approach they take when managing a Community Asset portfolio, or the potential that Community Assets have in the sector.

Over the last five years Affinity Sutton has cultivated a Community Asset Transfer approach to maximise the potential of its Community Asset portfolio and support residents in line with Affinity Sutton’s social purpose to help people put down roots. Having undertaken a significant programme of Community Asset Transfer, Affinity Sutton has proven experience in Community Asset management.

This toolkit is designed to disseminate this learning and good practice and encourage dialogue in the social housing sector. Affinity Sutton asked HACT to conduct this research and produce this toolkit in conjunction with three Community Organisations that were pioneers of Affinity Sutton’s Community Asset Transfer approach.

This toolkit is designed to explore the experience of the process from the perspective of Community Organisations and to enable Housing Providers to understand the operational realities and practical challenges of Community Asset Transfer.

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