Category Archives: Nurturing ideas for change

Social letting agencies play a vital role

A new report, Scaling up social lettings? Scope, impact and barriers reveals that social lettings agencies play a vital role in supporting low income and vulnerable people living in the private rented sector. The research was jointly funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Nationwide Foundation. Together we commissioned research to explore the current […]

One in five households faces housing affordability problems

A new report from the Affordable Housing Commission reveals that 4.8 million households in England are facing grave affordability problems. This represents over one in five (21%) of all households and almost 40% of those in the lower half of income distribution. The report, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, also shows that it is in […]

Co-living for older people

New research explores the views of experts and stakeholders on the different models co-living. Various models of co-living for older people have developed in recent years, hoping to provide solutions to some of the housing challenges faced by older people. A new stakeholder review, published in April 2019 by the Cambridge Centre for Housing & […]

Affordable Housing Commission calls for evidence

The Affordable Housing Commission (AHC), the new, independent commission chaired by Lord Richard Best, is issuing a call for evidence for 2019. The call for evidence follows the AHC’s recent focus group work in Birmingham which showed that: First time buyers and struggling renters think that the private rental sector is ‘broken’ and in need […]

New Affordable Housing Commission launched

A new Affordable Housing Commission, chaired by Lord Best, has been established by leading thinktank The Smith Institute, with funding from the Nationwide Foundation. The Commission will examine the causes and impacts of the affordability crisis and propose solutions. This will include looking at whether the existing definition of affordable housing is fit for purpose […]

Planning system failing people in need, says TCPA

A new report, Planning for Affordable Housing, by the Town and Country Planning Association, shows that councils in the most deprived areas of England are meeting only a fraction of their requirements for affordable housing because the planning system is not set up to deliver homes for people in the greatest need. Between 2016-17, Blackpool, Knowsley and Pendle—whose […]

Innovative housing project gets underway in Bristol

The Nationwide Foundation has funded Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol with a grant of £161,160 to support the community to deliver its own affordable housing and therefore address its affordable housing shortage problem. The We Can Make project, run by Knowle West Media Centre, is exploring an innovative way to solve local housing problems, by […]

Funding awarded for Housing First feasibility study

The Nationwide Foundation has given a grant to Shekinah Mission, which has commissioned Crisis to undertake a feasibility study that will look at how the housing system in Torbay can become a Housing First system. The study will be used as evidence to influence decision-makers in Torbay to implement the Housing First approach across the area […]

Young Foundation launches new housing innovation programme to unlock solutions in the private rented sector

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE YOUNG FOUNDATION. As the Government focuses its recent budget on an overloaded, crisis-ridden housing sector, today (5/12/17) The Young Foundation launches its first Reimagining Rent ventures cohort, funded by the Nationwide Foundation. Reimagining Rent is a unique programme working with innovative initiatives that are tackling many of the challenges of the […]