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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 […]

Co-living for older people – reduced loneliness and lower living costs

A new report from the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, has revealed a range of benefits for older people choosing to live with others, as well as identifying barriers to be overcome if co-living is to grow at scale throughout the UK. For this research, the term co-living […]

Improved mental wellbeing and a better quality of life – new research reveals the benefits of living in co-operative or community-led housing

New research released by Wales Co-operative Centre, with support from the Nationwide Foundation, has found that residents experience improved mental wellbeing and happiness as well as skills development from living in co-operative and community led housing (CCLH) schemes. Over 50 residents from 22 community-led housing schemes across Wales and England were interviewed, as well as […]

New £1m programme to support co-operative and community-led homes in Wales

The Wales Co-operative Centre has been awarded three years funding, totalling £1 million, to support the development of co-operative and community-led housing in Wales. The new programme, Communities Creating Homes, was launched at this week’s Royal Welsh Show (Tuesday 23rd July) and follows on from the Co-operative Housing Project, which has spent over seven years […]

Over £800,000 funding gives private tenants a stronger voice about their housing

Tenants should be a central part of any changes to the private rented sector, yet their voices are often absent and excluded from meaningful debate. In response to this, the Nationwide Foundation is awarding £804,841 of funding to support private rented sector tenants by giving them a stronger voice in the debates on their personal […]

New study of the Scottish private rented sector

The Nationwide Foundation has commissioned a three-year study that will learn from the experiences of households living in and landlords operating in the private rented sector in Scotland. The learning will help to shape further changes needed to support the Scottish approach and it will also make the case for modernisation to the private rented […]

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 […]

£600,000 to modernise the private rented sector in Manchester

Fair Housing Futures is calling for innovative ideas that will address the challenges of accessing and living in the private rented sector that are trapping tenants with limited financial and social support in Greater Manchester. Organisations such as tenants’ groups, charities, housing associations and those covering planning, development and even health and well-being are encouraged […]

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 & […]