If your area is crying out for decent, affordable housing, then why not consider taking some local action to set your own housing project?

Communities can now have more of say over what they want to build and where they want to build it.

What is community-led housing?

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

It is usually developed by, with and for a community-led organisation or enterprise, and is controlled and in some cases owned by a community-led organisation or enterprise.

These projects aim to solve local problems by working for and with the local community.

Community-led housing can help address issues like:

  • Affordable housing for:
    • those who are in need (such as unemployed people or single parents)
    • young people looking to buy their first house
    • older residents wanting to downsize
  • Reasonably priced homes for families
  • Housing that meets the community’s wants and needs
  • A long waiting list for council housing.
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What makes a community-led housing project?

All community-led housing projects share the following principles:

The community benefits: the benefits to the local community and the local area are clearly defined and protected.

The community is involved: throughout the process, and in all decisions about the housing – for 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.

Models of community-led housing

There are lots of different models of community-led housing:

  • co-housing
  • self-help housing
  • cooperative and tenant controlled housing
  • community land trusts
  • projects run by community organisations (like Locality’s members).


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