East Midlands Community-Led Housing

Funding at a glance

Programme: Backing Community-Led Housing
Amount: £228,000 grant
Approved: 2017
Timescale:  Four and a half years
Status: Funding completed
Phase: Decent Affordable Homes Phase Two

Creating a community-led housing support service that works with local authorities and communities to increase awareness of and demand for affordable community-led housing.

Why we funded this project

To test and learn from different ways to stimulate interest in and demand for community-led housing in a region that is demographically diverse, has both rural and urban settings, has low and high market value areas and the need for housing-led regeneration and additional affordable housing in affluent areas. East Midlands Community-Led Housing (formerly Lincolnshire Community Land Trust) provided community-led housing support across this varied area, which helped build an understanding of what forms of support work best in different contexts.

As a result of its work, East Midlands Community-Led Housing (EMCLH) expected to increase community-led affordable housing development across its region. The funded work had the following outcomes:

  • Increased awareness of the opportunity of community-led housing for communities and local authorities
  • Increased knowledge and understanding for local authorities and other stakeholders so that they can support communities with their own community-led housing schemes
  • Increased confidence for communities and local authorities to progress community-led housing schemes.

Strategic purpose

To deliver better access to information, support, advice and technical expertise that is needed to progress a scheme.

Project description

EMCLH expanded its current support infrastructure service to the whole of the East Midlands and south bank of the Humber. It worked with local authorities and communities to increase awareness of and demand for community-led housing.

To allow support for community-led housing to be continued in the longer-term, EMCLH looked to implement a financial model of self-sustainability, securing more income through consultancy fees, grants for specific projects and completed scheme fees. This financial model will provide useful learning to similar organisations across the country.

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