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Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH)

The Rural Housing Enablers are an integral part of the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing.

The HARAH partnership’s main aim is to increase the supply of affordable housing in the rural villages of Hampshire.

The members of HARAH are Action Hampshire which hosts the Rural Housing Enablers, the Homes and Communities Agency, Hampshire County Council, the six rural local authorities in Hampshire (Basingstoke and Deane, East Hampshire, Hart, New Forest, Test Valley, Winchester), New Forest National Park Authority, South Downs National Park and the consortium housing provider Hampshire Village Homes.

What do we do?
We build small groups of affordable homes in rural villages for local people, to enable people with strong local connections to a parish to remain or return there.

Officers within the HARAH partnership work as a team, together with the local community, usually represented by the Parish Council, to identify local housing need and develop suitable affordable housing to meet the need.

What are the benefits?
Providing affordable homes for local people enables local people on more modest incomes, including people with young families, to be able to remain or return to the village they grew up in. This helps to retain a mixed community.

Local people are more likely to use the local amenities and facilities such as the school, shop, pub and church which help them to stay open. They may also work locally in local businesses and farming and therefore help support the local economy.

In villages in which local amenities have already closed, a small number of affordable homes can help maintain the vibrancy of the community and prevent it becoming a dormitory settlement of commuters and retired people.

Please access the HARAH website for more information