What we do
Hampshire Homes Hub – community housing expertise
Types of community-led housing
Below are some examples of community led housing models we help deliver in Hampshire. It is however important to point out that community led housing is like pick and mix, one size definitely does not fit all, and that is the beauty of it!
These are communities which are created and run by the people who live in them. Each household has their own private home as well as shared community space. The residents come together to manage their community, share activities and regularly eat together. Cohousing is seen as a way of tackling isolation and creating neighbourly support. The communities can be whatever you want them to be; they might be intergenerational or age specific, they may be formed by groups of people with common interests.
Community Land Trusts (CLTs)
CLTs are set up and run by ordinary people to develop and manage homes as well as other assets important to that community. For example a local pub or shop that is at risk of closure or the provision of local workspaces. CLTs act as long-term stewards of those assets and in the case of housing, ensure that it remains genuinely affordable not just for now but in perpetuity.
A housing co-operative is owned and managed by its members. All members bear equal responsibility for the successful running of the co-op, therefore ensuring the properties are maintained, and the co-operative remains financially stable. As its a non-profit organisation, the benefits of becoming a member include a more affordable rent, having a say in your own housing and an opportunity to gain access to high quality housing at a lower cost.
Collaborative self and custom build
Collaborative self and custom build is about groups building their own homes together. UK self/custom build numbers are low compared to most other countries. There is therefore scope for Hampshire to deliver innovative schemes and ultimately become a pathfinder for others to follow suit. It has been shown that when people build their own homes, they tend to make them more environmentally friendly. Councils also have an obligation to deliver self-build and custom build homes under the Self and Custom Build Housing Act of 2015.