TSRC briefing paper on self help housing

March 25, 2010 by  
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The Third Sector Research Centre at Birmingham University, which is funded by the Cabinet Office, is researching various aspects of housing as part of its work.  Following discussions with Self-Help-Housing.Org, one of these areas of research is into the role of self-help housing  as a  driver of innovative community driven housing  initiatives and a Briefing Paper outlines the approach they’re taking.

“It’s good  to see the hard work of self-help housing organisations being recognised in a major piece of research such as this” said Jon Fitzmaurice Director of Self-Help-Housing.Org  “Later this year, TSRC plan to hold a symposium aimed at key policy makers as part of the research, which together with their findings, will be used to make the case for additional resources being made available  to support community driven housing initiatives. “

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Canopy Housing Project film

March 13, 2010 by  
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Canopy Housing Project in Leeds have produced an excellent short film featuring volunteers, tenants and staff, in which they talk about the work they do for Canopy and what it means to them. If you want to hear about the value of self-help housing from the people actually involved, then you can view the film on the Canopy Housing website by clicking here.

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Latch launch innovation training project

March 4, 2010 by  
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. Latch housing project in Leeds are running an innovative Lottery funded project which provides training for young people in construction skills. The Hands On Project now has its own website:  www.handson.latch.org.uk which describes the way in which the project works and their achievements to date. You can also visit the Latch case study to find out more about the whole organisation.

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Government cash to get empty homes back into use

February 10, 2010 by  
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Housing Minister John Healey has announced funding to help councils tackle empty property and anti-social behaviour. £1million will be made available to 17 councils where anti-social behaviour focused around empty properties has been identified by local residents as a problem. The funding will be used to train council staff in getting empty homes back into use.

Jon Fitzmaurice, Director of Self-Help-Housing.org said: “This is a welcome move on the part of Government, but is limited to only seventeen local authorities and fails to build on, or support, the work of existing community based self help housing initiatives. We will be approaching John Healey to raise these issues “

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New case study – Odu-Dua Housing Association and TSHG

January 28, 2010 by  
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A new case study describing how a community based housing association, set up  to meet the housing needs of young black people in Camden has been able to use Temporary Social Housing Grant to cover the cost of repairing properties on loan from the local authority. To find out all about Temporary Social Housing Grant and how to get it, look at our Guide which appears under our How It’s Done section. Read case study.

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New Case Study – B4Box – Greater Manchester

December 11, 2009 by  
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The latest in our series of Case Studies of self help housing projects from around the country. B4box delivers quality building services to local authorities and other property owners in Greater Manchester and at the same time guarantees to employ and train a high volume of local people. Click here to read more.

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Grassroots Grants

December 10, 2009 by  
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Third Sector reports that the Government’s Grassroots Grants scheme has paid out £34million in its first year. Nearly 13,500 grants worth an average of £2,500 were distributed to community groups between September 2008 and September 2009. For details of how to apply for a grant, click here.

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Call for action during Empty Homes Week

November 24, 2009 by  
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The National Week of Action on Empty Homes will run from November 22-29. The week is organised by the Empty Homes Agency to highlight the growing crisis of empty homes in the face of housing need.

The Empty Homes Agency estimates that numbers of empty homes across the UK has reached one million for the first time in more than a decade. Amazingly the figures may be an underestimate, as government does not reveal how many empty homes it owns itself.

At the same time half a million families live in overcrowded conditions. House building has slowed to the lowest rate since the 1920s. The Empty Homes Agency will show how the country’s housing crisis could be eased by a concerted effort to turn empty properties into homes.

The Empty Homes Agency will be calling on the government to disclose details of its own empty property, and will be highlighting what people can do to get publicly owned empty homes into use. It will also be highlighting how communities are already making new homes out of empty property.

The Empty Homes Agency’s chief executive, David Ireland, told self-help-housing.org: “The most effective action to bring new life to empty homes is nearly always that driven by the community in which the homes lie. The very best examples of these are housing cooperatives and self-help agencies.  Not only do they develop homes,  they help people develop their own skills and talents. It’s a great way for people to litteraly help rebuild their communities. We are calling on the government to properly recognise the extraordinary work these organisations do  and allow them to compete for housing funding in the same way as registered housing associations.”

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Early Day Motion on Empty Homes

November 3, 2009 by  
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Conservative Shadow Housing Minister Grant Shapps tabled an early day motion noting that of the 784,000 homes which are currently vacant, 327,000 have been empty for a period of more than six months; despite the presence of 1.8 million families on the social housing waiting list.

The motion calls for an end to Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) and the adoption of a less bureaucratic approach to the use of empty dwellings.

The motion can be read here: http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=39460&SESSION=899

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New Case Study – East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust

October 14, 2009 by  
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The latest in our series of Case Studies of self help housing projects from around the country. ECYH Trust is a charity that helps young people aged 16-25 years old, by providing high quality affordable housing and work experience in building skills. Click here to read more.

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