March 9th: How to set up a community-led housing project (RUSS School Module 1)

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?

  • 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
  • Finance
  • Communications
  • Crowdfunding
  • Ongoing networking

This interactive workshop-style programme draws from the experience of the Rural Urban Synthesis Society.

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March 30th: RUSS School – visit to Marklake Court SE1

A chance to visit a unique development of community-led social-rent homes.

Marklake Court is a complex of 27 flats in two blocks, set within the Kipling Estate in Bermondsey. Following a survey of Council tenants and leaseholders across Leathermarket JMB’s estates that found that many were living in unsuitable housing, residents had the chance to lead the design of new homes on the site then occupied by 20 single-storey garages.

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