Communities Creating Homes
Our Communities Creating Homes project offers support and advice to new and existing organisations looking to develop co-operative community-led housing schemes in Wales.
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What is co-operative and community-led housing?
Co-operative and community-led housing brings people together to decide what kind of homes and communities they want to live in. People with a shared vision can come together and have an influential voice. They play an essential role alongside councils, developers and investors to create affordable homes which meet local community needs.
Co-operative and community-led housing comes in many shapes and sizes. Small groups of friends buying a house to share, leaseholders setting up a tenant management committee, community members buying local land on which to develop new housing, and people who want to develop sustainable homes with a small ecological footprint – these are all examples.
People have more control of where they live, and work with others to achieve a shared goal. Communities create homes.
No two schemes are the same but all co-operative and community-led housing have common features, including:
- The community is integrally involved in decision making about the homes
- The community take a formal role in the ownership, stewardship and management of the homes
- The housing scheme benefits the local community or a defined group of people.
Co-operative and community-led housing is for everyone:
- For people on different income levels
- For people wanting to rent or buy
- For people who want to live in a secure and supportive community
- For building new homes or returning empty properties back to use
- For managing existing homes.
Co-operative and community-led housing involves local people in housing decisions – so the outcomes are often more successful.
- Having a voice in the development and management of the homes gives residents a sense of empowerment, pride and ownership
- Communities become more resilient
- Anti-social behaviour is reduced
- Residents feel happier and more satisfied being part of a supportive community.
Homes are built in areas where they are needed – often this is in places which commercial developers wouldn’t consider for housing.
- This improves housing supply and the provision of affordable housing
- Areas which have fallen into decline can be regenerated and empty homes returned to use
- Small, tricky sites can be put to good use
- Shared communal spaces can reduce the pressure on green space
- More accessible home ownership options.
The Communities Creating Homes project is funded by The Nationwide Foundation and Welsh Government and delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre. The early stage element of the programme will be delivered by the Development Trust Association Wales.
Taf Fechan Housing Co-operative gives residents a high quality, affordable option in Gellideg and has redefined the area as a place that people want to live.
A new build housing co-operative providing 19 homes for families in Newport as part of a larger garden village.