RUSS is developing a School of Community-led Housing offering individuals, community groups and housing professionals the chance to learn from RUSS’s five years of experience and gain information about how to set up a community-led housing project. The School offers one-day or two/three evenings workshops which are interactive, with exercises designed to stimulate discussion around the issues of community-led housing.

RUSS doesn’t have all the answers but it has found creative and robust ways to gain access to land on which to build, and is keen to share its learning and inspire others. The workshops also are a great opportunity to meet others interested in joining or forming community housing groups.

Community-led housing is a way for local communities to address their housing needs by producing their own decent and affordable homes. It is increasingly seen as a viable alternative for those whose housing needs are not met by the mainstream housing market. But how can communities and individuals access community-led housing? How do you set up and maintain a group, find land, organise finance and negotiate with local authorities?

Topics typically include:

    • Creating a group – finding people who share your vision
    • Organising – networking and building your membership
    • Land – where to find it
    • Local authorities – how to work with them
    • Procurement and competitive dialogue
    • Finance – where is the money?
    • Building a professional team
    • Allocations – deciding who lives in the homes
    • Co-design – designing your homes together
    • Ongoing networking

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