Category Archives: Community-led housing

Comprehensive Spending Review: a chance for truly affordable housing?

The decisions taken by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak in his Comprehensive Spending Review this autumn have the power to reshape our housing system. We mustn’t forgo this opportunity to provide the homes our nation needs, while building our way out of the economic hardship that the country currently faces. That’s why, in responding to the […]

Community-led housing: improved wellbeing and proven value for money

Research released today (15th September) has added weight to calls for funding for community-led housing. Commissioned by the National Community Land Trust Network, Housing by the Community, For the Community looks at the value returned on public investment in the sector in England. The report suggests a clear value for money case for community-led housing […]

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 […]

More than 10,000 homes poised to be built if housing fund is renewed

Two charitable funders have joined forces to call on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, to renew the Community Housing Fund. The joint letter, from the Nationwide Foundation and Power to Change, calls on Mr Sunak to support community-led housing in the autumn spending review. In addition, the letter confirms that research into […]

Statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Nationwide Foundation has signed up to the following statement in relation to the current Coronavirus outbreak. We, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during […]

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 […]

New fund launches to give house-building power back to local people

A new housing fund has launched, aiming to empower community groups, enabling them to plan and build 1,000 affordable homes in communities across England. The fund, led by CAF Venturesome, the social investment arm of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), is funded by a group of charities and benefactors including the Nationwide Foundation. The fund […]

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 […]

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 […]