Friday, 29 May 2015

Barriers hold back self-help housing groups

Groups that renovate empty homes for homeless people are being held back by lack of funding and access to properties, a report has found.

The report from charity Crisis, produced by the Third Sector Research Centre, looks at self-help housing. This usually involves groups of local people, often social enterprises, which source and renovate derelict properties for homeless people.

It found the groups were finding it difficult to secure empty properties to renovate and sufficient income to deliver the projects. Social landlords have also been unwilling to release properties because of rising demand for housing.

Leslie Morphy, chief executive of Crisis, said: ‘Self-help housing organisations perfectly complement the coalition’s vision for a big society. Local organisations helping local people not only find a home, but the skills and qualifications to move on with their lives.

‘Our research shows that there is real potential to help more people in this way, but for two significant barriers: lack of funding and lack of empty properties.’

She urged central and local government to address these issues.

The research says local authorities and housing associations could address these issues by offering derelict properties to self-help housing organisations directly. However, the report also recognises most empty properties are privately owned and suggests larger third sector organisations could buy privately owned properties and link with social enterprises to renovate them.

According to the Homes and Communities Agency there were an estimated 784,000 vacant homes in England in September 2009, most of which were in the private sector.

Readers' comments (3)

Comments are only open to subscribers of Inside Housing

Already a subscriber?

If you’re already a subscriber to Inside Housing, your subscription may not be linked to your online account. You can link your subscription from within the My Account section of the website and clicking on Link My Account.

Not yet a subscriber?

If you don't yet subscribe to Inside Housing, please visit our subscription page to view our various subscription packages.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

sign in register

Newsletter Sign-up

Related

Articles

  • On hold

    26 February 2015

    Councils, local campaigners and activists are fighting back against property developers who seek to reduce affordable housing provision. Daniel Douglas investigates the murky world of ‘viability assessments’

  • Plans to remove barriers to sell off housing stock

    4 November 2014

    The Scottish government is considering making it easier for councils to sell empty social homes in a bid to slash red tape.

  • Unique self-build project moves forward

    2 September 2014

    An Oxfordshire council has finalised a deal to purchase a 187-hectare site for 1,900 self-build homes in a unique project.

  • Regulatory fees for associations on hold

    04/07/2014

    HCA fees for housing associations will not now come into effect in April

  • NEWS Benefits and barriers of social value revealed

    25 June 2014

    Local authorities and housing associations that create social value in communities have seen a selection of benefits including cost savings and better community relations, researchthat will be published tomorrow reveals.

Resources

  • Job interviews in housing: outside the box

    20 August 2014

    Some social landlords believe a traditional interview is not the way to find the best candidate for the job. Simon Brandon reports on how Bromford Group is using role-playing games to get to know prospective employees

IH Subscription