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Empty Homes charity highlights empty commercial property potential

Creating affordable homes from empty commercial spaces can be both viable and attractive, according to case studies featured in a new research report by the campaigning charity Empty Homes, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, and launched at a parliamentary audience hosted by Mark Prisk MP. Although there are undoubtedly a number of challenges in successfully […]

Age UK London tackling the challenges and vulnerabilities of older private sector tenants

Age UK London is beginning work to raise awareness of the needs of older private sector tenants in London to find solutions to problems they face. There are 146,000 households renting privately in London where at least one person is aged over 50, and projections suggest this number will rise. Between 2009 and 2014, the […]

Locality gives communities the chance to tackle the housing crisis by helping them to build their own homes

A new programme to help communities tackle the housing crisis by building their own homes has been launched by Locality, using funding from the Nationwide Foundation. The Early Stage Support Programme launched on 11 May 2016 will help 22 community groups start up their own community-led housing projects to provide affordable, decent homes for local […]

The Nationwide Foundation awards over £1 Million funding for empty properties

Creating homes for vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness Over £1 million has been injected into empty properties to create more decent affordable homes in the UK, thanks to new funding from the Nationwide Foundation. The independent charitable funder has continued its commitment to helping create homes for people in housing […]

The Nationwide Foundation becomes a Living Wage Friendly Funder

The Nationwide Foundation is leading the way by joining the Living Wage Foundation’s new scheme for charity funders. In becoming a Living Wage Friendly Funder, the Nationwide Foundation will be ensuring the Living Wage is paid in the staff posts it funds to carry out projects. The Nationwide Foundation is an independent charitable funder which […]

Communities need more power over local housing to get homes built

With funding from the Nationwide Foundation, Demos (a cross-party think tank) has launched a report exploring the theory that giving communities more power over local housing development can help to get more homes built. This work included investigating the barriers facing community-led housing models and how effectively these barriers are being overcome. Headline findings from […]

Liverpool Street wins the Turner Prize

Former empty homes in Liverpool which have been turned into decent affordable homes using funding from the Nationwide Foundation are now the centre of attention in the art world. The renowned Turner Prize was won by Assemble, a collective of 18 architects which has worked alongside Granby Four Streets CLT (a project funded by the […]

Nationwide Foundation’s funded work given support from housing minister

This week at 10 Downing Street, research funded by the Nationwide Foundation was launched at an event urging senior council leaders to make it easier for people on modest incomes to build their own homes. The research findings were applauded by Brandon Lewis the housing minister and Kevin McCloud, presenter of Grand Designs who both […]

The Nationwide Foundation launches new £1 million empty properties funding programme. Applications welcome for grants and social investments

The Nationwide Foundation is launching a new funding programme to bring long-term empty properties back into use as homes for people in housing need. £1 million will be awarded in the form of grants and social investments to not-for-profit organisations. Organisations can apply for between £100,000 and £175,000. The application period is open from 14th […]

Empty property in Scottish Highlands transformed into a decent, affordable home

A long-term empty property in the Scottish Highlands has been transformed into a decent, affordable home for people in housing need, thanks to funding from the Nationwide Foundation. The bungalow in Acharacle has been empty for over six years, yet this month a local couple in their thirties is moving in following the renovation. Until […]