Community led housing resources
We've put together a list of some of the most useful community-led housing resources, for groups at every stage of the process.
► New grants for community-led housing schemes
► Advice and support
► Finance for community led housing schemes
► Publications from community led housing organisations
► Legal formats for community groups
► Video resources from community led housing organisations
► Case studies
The Council is pleased to announce small grants to assist community groups who wish to deliver affordable housing to meet identified need in their area.
A total of £2000 is available to assist community groups to scope out their ideas, draw up plans and reach legal incorporation. Community groups can include organisations that are already legally incorporated such as Parish and Town Councils or emerging groups, such as those wishing in building their own homes, who are still working up their plans. This can include using the Community Land Trust, Co-operative or Cohousing models.
Further information about these models and how they benefit communities can be found on UDC's website. Interested groups are invited to apply for a grant or to speak to Judith Snares, Housing Strategy and Operations Manager, (01799 510510) in the first instance. Further information can be found on the whilst the is found.
The Eastern Community Homes Hub has been established to provide advice, support and guidance to communities in the East of England wishing to pursue successful community led housing projects.
Start up and revenue funding
Locality, a national network of community-led organisations and associate members lists further funding ideas and resources.
► Community grants
Government Grant and Loan Programme
► Shared Ownership and affordable homes programme 2016-21
► Community Led Housing Fund
Community Land Trusts
Self help housing
Tenant management company
Community led housing toolkit
All Community Led Housing Groups must be legally incorporated. Below are 4 models that can be used. Disclaimer: This is for information purposes only, all groups should seek independent legal advice.
Community Benefit Society, (also known as an Industrial and Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community);Must Register with Financial Conduct Authority
Community Interest Company Ltd.by Guarantee (CIC);Must register with The Company Interest Company Regulator
Company Ltd. by Guarantee which is also a registered Charity; Must be registered with Companies House and the Charity Commission
Company Ltd.by Guarantee (but only if it has custodian member of the constitution to ensure the asset lock cannot be voted out)
Community land trusts
Co-operative and mutual housing societies
► Community property trusts
► Development trusts
► Self-help housing
► Tenant management organisations
► Community gateway associations