Category Archives: Views

Blog: Talking about affordable housing & why it matters

Talking about housing - Samantha Stewart

Communication is everything. From the first time we make eye-contact with a parent, to the way we portray ourselves at a job interview. How we come across and how we make ourselves understood can shape our lives. We’ve all been in places, after all, where we’ve gotten it wrong and failed to make ourselves clear. […]

The Community Land Trust Start-up Fund – A Decade of Success

The Nationwide Foundation has welcomed an independent evaluation into the National Community Land Trust Network’s Community Land Trust Start-up Fund. It comes a full decade after the first fund of this kind was launched in 2008. The evaluation found that the most recent fund saw over 200 community-led housing groups awarded over £700,000. This funding […]

Blog: Government can and must do more to support tenants

“Right now, we must protect tenants from crippling debt and from the eviction cliff edge that’s looming for so many.” – Bridget Young For many of us, it’s difficult to know what day it is, however one date in particular will stand out for renters – Wednesday 24th June. It’s important, because it’s the last […]

Landmark housing report seeks to ‘rebalance’ the housing system

The Affordable Housing Commission has released its final report calling for significant changes to England’s housing system. Comprised of 15 housing experts, the Commission has made a wide range of recommendations with one overarching belief – that the housing system has become unbalanced and action needs to be taken to make it fit for the […]

Blog: For the new Housing Minister, funding for community homes is a key task

“I’m joining with others across the sector to support the National Community Land Trust Network in its call to the government to take a longer-term, more sustainable view of its funding of community-led housing.” – Gary Hartin For those interested in the housing world, the installation of the new Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher is worthy […]

Blog: Collaboration, not command, is the key to success in place-based funding

“My attendance at these meetings is neither a box-ticking exercise or a chance for some sneaky reconnaissance – I’m there because I can bring knowledge and experience of the PRS.” – Bridget Young One of the most challenging things about being a funder, is working out how involved to become in projects – particularly without […]

Blog: Research, not gut-feelings, can change our broken housing system

“As funders we know that while we have gut feelings based on anecdotes and personal experience, we’re committed to building an evidence base.” – Gary Hartin Whether we like it or not, all of us have intuition and feelings that inform our decision-making on a daily basis. In the housing world, the stories of those […]