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Community Led Housing

A community led housing scheme consists of quality, affordable homes to buy or rent. The homes are owned by your community – and you have a say in who lives in them.

Community led housing is all about meeting the housing needs of your community. Your community can build affordable homes for people who already live or work in your community or who have relatives living there.

Community led housing is a practical and rewarding alternative to developer led housing. With plenty of support and advice available locally and access to national funding streams, there has never been a better time to find out more about taking forward a scheme in your town or village.

What is community led housing?

• Homes built and owned by the community for the long term benefit of the community – whether that’s income from rents straight into the community purse or homes for sale kept at affordable prices in the long term.

• Run by a local, independent and not for profit organisation – often specially created for the purpose of building affordable homes.

• It can be building homes for rent or for sale, but whatever the housing mix, it is about keeping them affordable now and in the future.

• Ensuring key decisions on new homes are made by the community - from the most suitable site, through design, to who moves in.

• Democratic and accountable to the wider community.

You can download our general leaflet on community led housing for more information and about how to start you own. 

Community Lead Housing Funding 

With funding from the Nationwide Foundation, North Star Housing Group and the UK CoHousing Network, the Rural Housing Enabler Network and Community First Yorkshire undertook research into the potential for community led housing in rural North and East Yorkshire in 2016.

The aim was to raise awareness of community led housing with communities, local authorities and Rural Housing Enablers and identify where this could be supported. The final report from this work can be accessed here.

In late 2016, the Government announced a new £60m Community Housing Fund to support communities affected by second home ownership. Our area received £6.2m of this in 2016/17. The breakdown of funding is:

East Riding of Yorkshire £2,042,864
Craven      £605,964
Hambleton   £195,277
Harrogate  £585,832
Richmondshire £493,730
Ryedale £431,322
Scarborough £1,860,672

The Local Authorities and the Housing Board have worked to identify opportunities to invest this funding. As part of this, they have used some of this to support REACH Community Housing, to provide support and technical expertise to groups wishing to develop new homes for their communities in North and East Yorkshire

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