Funding 2016–present  

Projects funded under Decent Affordable Homes Phases Two and Three can be found below. These projects were funded from 2016 onwards. Some projects are ongoing while others are complete. 


Nurturing Ideas to Change the Housing System

Frameworks Institute 
Developing language that builds public support for housing, Talking About Housing uses social science to affect change. 

Homeless Link
Scaling up the Housing First model, which gives people who are homeless affordable, stable housing as an important first step.

Housing Justice
Exploring how surplus land owned by faith organisations can be used for truly affordable housing across Wales.

Knowle West Media Centre 
Expanding the We Can Make project that unlocks plots of land and builds truly affordable homes on post-war housing estates.

National Housing Federation
Developing the Homes at the Heart campaign, which aims for social housing to be central to the post-Covid economic recovery.

Town and Country Planning Association
Drafting and gaining support for a Healthy Homes Bill that will legislate for improved decency standards in new homes.

Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research
Research that explored how co-housing of students and older people can work as a housing solution.

Institute for Public Policy Research
Research that considered the viability of ‘Living Rent’; a model which links rents to incomes to make renting more affordable.

Knowle West Media Centre
Support for the first stage of We Can Make, which explored the potential for affordable homes on post-war housing estates.

Sheffield Hallam University
Research that looked at the future role of social lettings agencies to help improve tenants’ experiences in the private rented sector.

Shekinah Mission
A pilot scheme to test how councils can implement Housing First, where homeless people are given stable homes and support.

The Smith Institute’s Affordable Housing Commission
The Affordable Housing Commission looked at the housing system and how to end affordability problems by 2045.

The Smith Institute
Research that looked at the potential and achievements of local housing companies and how they deliver affordable homes.

Town and Country Planning Association
Research that considered options for councils to build truly affordable homes, and what government can do to make it easier.

Town and Country Planning Association
Research to empower councils to negotiate with developers, so that they deliver more truly affordable homes.

West Kensington & Gibbs Green Community Homes
A project that tested whether community Right to Transfer laws could be used to save threatened social housing estates.

The Young Foundation
A programme that supported new ideas to tackle affordability and decency problems for private renters.

Backing Community-Led Housing

Infrastructure support
One of the Nationwide Foundation’s aims for the Backing Community-Led Housing programme is that the infrastructure of the community-led housing sector should be strengthened. To deliver this we have funded various organisations to explore how infrastructure support can be provided, particularly through regional support hubs.

Communities Housing Trust
Supporting community-led housing across central and northern Scotland.

East Midlands Community-Led Housing
Supporting community-led housing across the East Midlands.

South of Scotland Community Housing
Supporting community-led housing across the south of Scotland.

Other funding
CAF Venturesome (Community Led Housing Fund)
Investing in CAF Venturesome’s Community-led Housing Fund, which hopes to deliver around 1,000 truly affordable homes.

Community Land Trust Network
Funding Community Led Homes, a partnership organisation offering support and guidance to community-led housing groups.

Community Land Trust Network
Supporting the ongoing work of the Community Land Trust Network, which assists groups in England and Wales.

Wales Cooperative Centre
Backing community-led housing groups in Wales, Communities Creating Homes provides expertise and support to new projects.

Infrastructure support
One of the Nationwide Foundation’s aims for the Backing Community-Led Housing programme is that the infrastructure of the community-led housing sector should be strengthened. To deliver this we have funded various organisations to explore how infrastructure support can be provided, particularly through regional support hubs.

Wessex Community Assets
Support for Wessex Community Assets, an organisation that developed a sustainable hub for Devon, Dorset and Somerset. 

Other funding

Action with Communities in Rural England
Action with Communities in Rural England delivered training for professionals in the community-led housing sector.

Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust
A one-stop online toolkit bringing together documentation and resources needed to build community-led homes.

National Custom and Self Build Association
Managed by the National Custom and Self Build Association, this funding supported the foundation of the Right to Build Taskforce.

New Economics Foundation
An open-access land map, which identifies unused public land that could be released to build truly affordable homes.

New Economics Foundation
Research into how public organisations dispose of land, so that more can be used for truly affordable homes.

Wales Cooperative Centre
Research that considered the wellbeing benefits of living in co-operative and community-led housing. 

Transforming the Private Rented Sector

Tenants’ voice
One of the Nationwide Foundation’s aims for the Transforming the Private Rented Sector programme is that tenants should be central to any changes to the private rented sector. To support this endeavour, we have funded a range of tenants’ voice projects to ensure that the voices of the nation’s renters are heard when new policy is developed.

Camden Federation of Private Tenants
Helping empower renters in Camden and making sure that their voices are heard in debates about their housing. 

Citizens Advice
Forming a panel of private renters across England and publishing reports that track change in England’s private rented sector. 

Housing Rights
Helping empower renters in Northern Ireland and making sure that their voices are heard in debates about their housing. 

Living Rent
Empowering renters in Glasgow to expand their tenants’ union, so that they have a collective voice in debates about their housing. 

Shelter
Using a community organising model to empower renters across the West of England Combined Authority.

Tenants Union
Supporting Greater Manchester tenants to write a manifesto, so that those seeking public office can better represent their needs.

Z2K
Seeking to empower renters in London and making sure that their voices are heard in debates about their housing. 

Other funding
Fair Housing Futures
Collaborating to find and fund system-wide solutions to transform renting in Greater Manchester for vulnerable tenants.

Generation Rent
Positively influencing the upcoming Renters’ Reform Bill, this coalition is made up of renters’ support organisations.

Indigo House
Seeking to understand the impact of changes to private renting in Scotland, Rent Better will share lessons for reform elsewhere.

Camden Federation of Private Tenants – Renters’ Rights London
This project allowed councils in London to improve their support for renters and empowered tenants to make their voices heard.

Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York
A seminal review from Dr Julie Rugg into England’s private rented sector, published alongside a report into the experiences of vulnerable tenants. 

Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York
Research from Dr Julie Rugg and Dr Alison Wallace into the least expensive end of England’s private rented sector.

University of Huddersfield
Research that assessed the impact of Covid-19 on people living in poor quality homes in the north of England.

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