Want to build the homes that your community actually needs?
CFO is excited to be hosting a brand-new support service called Collaborative Housing.
Many people across the Thames Valley do not have access to good quality, secure and affordable housing. While lots of housing development is underway, owning a new home will remain largely out of reach for many. This is particularly the case for younger people, single-person households and households earning an average income. Rental prices are also going up and up.
At Collaborative Housing we think communities themselves are best placed to identify their local housing needs. We want to challenge the dominance of the big developers by encouraging and supporting communities to find solutions to their housing needs themselves. From co-housing and community land trusts to co-operative and self-help housing, we support all kinds of community-led approaches. We provide hands-on advice, from exploring the possibilities through to the practicalities of funding, design and planning.
Community-led housing is a growing movement, with more and more locally-rooted projects contributing to solving the housing crisis and meeting wider needs. Business as usual housing development can struggle to integrate with existing communities, fostering isolation rather than inclusion. Community-led approaches, on the other hand, help create cohesive communities, combatting loneliness and isolation and improving wellbeing. Lots of groups are motivated by the climate emergency, delivering low carbon housing solutions.
Many of these issues are undoubtedly important in your own community. Could you help tackle them by undertaking a community-led housing project where you live? Are you a landowner or home-owner who might be interested in working with a community-led housing group? Please get in touch with Fiona Brown to find out more about the work of Collaborative Housing and how we might be able to help.