Fair Housing Futures

Funding at a glance

Programme: Transforming the Private Rented Sector
Amount: £1,193,797
Approved: 2016
Timescale: Up to five years
Status: Funding in progress

A place-based collaborative programme to innovate and improve upon services and interventions in Greater Manchester’s private rented sector, finding system-wide solutions to transform renting for vulnerable tenants.

Why are we funding this project

The private rented sector needs to undergo significant changes to make it a place where people can truly feel happy and settled in their homes. Landlords and tenants are at the heart of the private rented sector, but tenants’ experiences have often been overlooked. Working collaboratively with many stakeholders, Fair Housing Futures is finding system-wide solutions to transform private renting for vulnerable tenants in Greater Manchester.

Strategic purpose

• Tenants will have a stronger voice in debates on the private rented sector and housing.
• To build more robust evidence of the solutions to address the issues of cost, quality, security and access in the private rented sector and ensuring it is available and used to inform policy and practice.

Project description

Central to the approach being taken by Fair Housing Futures is the focus on collaborative working. The project is bringing together a wide range of stakeholders to find ways to make the private rented sector deliver decent and affordable housing. The project will also maximise the opportunities presented by the metro mayoral political system for influencing local and, in time, national changes to policy and practice.

Until now, tenants’ voices have been conspicuously absent from debates about improving the private rented sector. Fair Housing Futures is working to redress the balance of power so that tenants are routinely included in debates about changes to the private rented sector.

The project will innovate and improve upon services and interventions. Ideas for solutions are being explored through a test and learn grants programme to find out what works in Greater Manchester and what could be applied elsewhere.

To deliver the work, a project manager reports to the partnership board, which includes representatives from the new mayoral combined authority, housing providers, local authorities, charities, landlords, relevant agencies and, most importantly, existing private-sector tenants and those with lived experience of the private rented sector. The project manager is hosted by Shelter Greater Manchester.

This work was initiated by the Nationwide Foundation and is the first place-based funding approach for us.

The work began in autumn 2017 and is expected to continue for up to five years.

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