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Useful Links

1. Other Self Help Housing Organisations

See Directory of Existing Projects for details of other organisations.

2. Undertaking Self Help Housing and Setting Up A Housing Project

The FSA – information about registering as a housing co-op or society for the benefit of the community

A list of all organisations offering model rules

CDS Co-operatives – sponsor model rules

Catalyst Collective – sponsor model rules

Companies House – information about becoming a limited company

The Charity Commission – information about registering as a charity

Social Enterprise Co-alition – information about social enterprises

3. Getting Hold Of Property

Details of all Local Authorities All Local Authorities

Details of London Local Authorities

Details of housing associations

The Land Registry: Search for who owns a property

The Empty Homes Agency: Lots of information about empty property

Report Empty Property: A website where people can report empty properties

Freedom Of Information Inquiries: How to submit a request

Google Street View: View streets and properties

4. Funding Repairs & Project Running Costs

Temporary Social Housing Grant – How TSHG Works

Funder Finder – Free Database of charitable funders plus additional information that can be purchased

Funding Central – NCVO’s new site listing 4,000 national, regional and local funders

Directory For Social Change – Publishers of excellent guides to grant making trusts

The Big Lottery – Runs a range of funding programmes

Awards For All – A small grants programme ( less than £10k) from the Big Lottery

Green Grants – A site with information about green grants & loans

Supporting People: Details of the government’s supporting people programme

Community Development Finance Association – umbrella body for community finance institutions which make loans to community organisations

Community Repaint- A source of free paint

5. Organising Repairs To Properties

Health & Safety: The Health & Safety Executive website

HSE: Free Leaflets From The HSE:

Temporary Social Housing Grant Standards

Planning Permission: Advice about planning permission

Building Research Establishment

CRASH: A small charity providing technical help to projects dealing with single homelessness

Centre For Alternative Technology

The Glass House: A charity offering design advice, training and project support to projects focusing on neighborhoods, housing and community buildings

6. Using A Volunteer Workforce

Volunteering England – Loads of useful information about all aspects of volunteering

Direct Gov. – more information about voluntering

7. Agreements With Owners & Occupants

The Ethical Property Company: Advice on leases with owners -.

Direct Gov – Booklet on Shorthold Tenancies

8. On-Site Training Opportunities

JobCentre Plus ; Information about training and courses

Connexions – A source of good information about learning/training for young people

Direct Gov. – NVQs explained

City & Guilds; City & Guilds Qualifications explained

Streetmate : A very good website dealing with homelessness, training and education issues

9. Housing & Homelessness Organisations

Information and advice about homelessness issues:

Homeless Link: A membership organisation which supports front line homelessness organisations

Housing Justice: A national church based organisation providing housing advice and supporting church initiatives

Shelter: The national campaign around housing and homelessness

Shelter Cymru are running an empty property project which is working with local authorities to encourage them to bring properties back into use. Could help with approaching a local authority.

Crisis: The national charity for single homeless people.

Praxis: Resources for refugees

Refugee Council

10. National Umbrella Bodies Supporting Community Organisations

National bodies providing information and support to local community based organisations. Use their site to identify their members local to you, who could be a good place to find out more about local opportunities/ resources.

National Association Of Voluntary & Community Action -Resourcing a network of 350 local voluntary and community infrastructure organisations throughout England.

Development Trust Association: The DTA is the leading network of community enterprise practitioners dedicated to helping people set up local development trusts which promote local enterprises and the acquisition of community assets.

Community Matters: Community Matters is the nationwide federation for small community associations and similar organisations promoting and supporting action by ordinary people in response the needs in their neighbourhoods and communities.

Community Self Build Agency: The CSBA supports groups wanting to undertake self-build projects ( ie where groups acquire land and then go on toactually build permanent housing for themselves – as opposed to making use of empty property)