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BSHF, with funding from the Nationwide Foundation, is supporting the community-led housing movement.
A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a community-led organisation that provides land and building to meet the long term needs of its community. It offers a way to provide permanently affordable housing as well as other things the community needs, like meeting spaces, workspaces, shops, pubs, farms and gardens. It holds these assets in trust, so the community benefits forever.
The new Smith Institute report, focused on the UK, reveals the ‘advantages and attractiveness’ of community-led housing (community land trusts, cooperative housing, self-help housing, cohousing) goes beyond bricks and mortar. Although the sector needs more support if it is to grow.
We cannot end street homelessness until we know who is sleeping on our streets, and the nature of their health and housing needs. Most cities and countries have a way of counting people in this situation. However, few have a system that uses this data to get people housed quickly and permanently.
The World Habitat Awards recognise innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to key housing challenges facing communities around the world. BSHF invites innovative housing projects to apply for the 2016/17 World Habitat Awards for the chance to gain recognition for their work. The Awards will be presented at the UN-Habitat Governing Council in 2017. Holding the presentation at this event will provide increased opportunities for international exposure as well as networking and dissemination of the award winning approaches.
The 2012 World Habitat Award for innovative, sustainable and scalable housing solutions was presented to the Institute for the National Workers’ Housing Fund (Infonavit) from Mexico for its Green Mortgage Programme at the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy in September 2012.
In conjunction with the Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH), Tom Archer, Programme Manager at BSHF, is attending a 2-day international workshop in Brno, Czech Republic on 9 -10 December. Download full details in the press release below
From environmentally-focused communal living in Colombia and the UK to capacity building in Malawi, this year’s 10 World Habitat Awards finalists include a wide range of innovative and inspiring practices. The World Habitat Awards 2015-16 finalists are:
In 2013 the World Habitat Award was presented to the 100,000 Homes Campaign. This project involved 180 communities in the United States, all seeking to house the most vulnerable people sleeping on their streets. Between 2010 and 2014 participating communities found housing for over 104,000 people.
The UN’s Special Rapporteur on housing is currently focusing on the connections between homelessness and housing rights. In preparing their report to the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur has requested responses to a range of questions.
Recent Publications
Community-led housing case studies
Community-led housing case studies
02.02.16 BSHF Press release - World Habitat Awards call for entry 2016-17
02.02.16 COMUNICADO DE PRENSA - proyectos de vivienda con impacto
27.01.16 BSHF Press Release Community-led housing is tried and tested worldwide