A window onto community-led housing

Community-led housing

Community-led housing is a way to create homes that remain affordable and for local people in the future, however many people move in and out of them, and could be one of the solutions to the short supply of affordable housing in Surrey.

During the first two weeks of December, local charity Surrey Community Action is running seminars in Ewell, Byfleet and Camberley, on behalf of the Surrey Community Led Housing Partnership, to introduce this approach to housing, which is quickly gaining momentum across the country with a rapidly growing number of successful schemes delivering affordable homes for local people which are not for profit.

The seminars will include presentations from Chris Carthy, an architect and project manager for London’s largest ever self-build housing scheme, and David Cowan, Surrey Community Action’s Community Led Housing Project Manager.  The seminars will explain how community led housing works, what the challenges are, how to get started on a housing project and how to access the support that’s available.

The Surrey Community Housing Partnership is an initiative delivered by Surrey Community Action. The partnership is between Surrey Community Action and eight of Surrey boroughs and districts. It supports people to form groups and develop housing and helps them to clarify their goals, access expert advice, secure funding and find suitable development sites.

David Cowan said: “As house prices in Surrey are now close to fourteen times the average salary and the typical monthly rent takes nearly half of a local worker’s basic pay, community led housing is a way to create homes that remain affordable and for local people in the future.  But people still don’t really know very much about the concept, so these seminars aim to help people to see community led housing as a real and viable alternative.”

For more information about the events and about community led housing, visit surreychp.org.

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