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Vital support available to remedy community housing needs

13th July 2018

Humber & Wolds Rural Action (HWRA), a charity that supports rural communities in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to tackle the problems of providing local housing for local people at an affordable price.

Community led housing can help local groups to solve housing problems, create their own genuinely affordable homes and build stronger communities. This comes Hot on the heels of Housing Minister, Alok Sharma’s announcement last month for £60m of national funding to support community housing.

If your community is worried about whether local residents can continue to afford to live in your area, or your village is lacking smaller homes for younger residents or long term residents that are looking to downsize but can’t afford to, then we can help you explore options to help you meet your community’s housing needs. This is people-powered housing in action where local homes are firmly in the hands of community ownership.

HWRA is working to raise awareness of, and enthusiasm for, community led housing among East Riding of Yorkshire community groups, parish councils, landowners or anyone with a local interest. Over the next 18 months, we will help communities to identify opportunities worth investing in and encourage groups to consider building and owning their own homes using the available funding.

We has already helped one group acquire funding from the Community Housing Fund, run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Other are also interested and one is about to submit a funding application to help start the process. The funding is available in three stages. Communities who are not sure if there is a need for this type of housing locally, can apply for Stage 1 funding of up to £4000, to run engagement and consultation exercises to explore options for developing housing that exactly matches the needs of their community.

Humber & Wolds Rural Action will also work with local councils, housing providers, the North Yorkshire and East Riding community led housing hub (The Hub) and other stakeholders to provide ongoing community led housing support and advice. The Hub will lead on technical support on matters such as legal advice, architectural, finance and other professional services.

Humber & Wolds Rural Action is also happy to help support community led housing interest in North and North East Lincolnshire.

Please contact Peter Hirschfeld on 01652 637700 or email peter.hirschfeld@hwrcc.org.uk for more information or a chat.about Community Led Housing

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