RUSS School of Community-led Housing
How to organise a community-led housing project
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
Procurement and competitive dialogue
Finance - where is the money?
Building a professional team
Allocations - deciding who lives in the homes
This interactive workshop-style programme draws from the experience of the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) - a Community Land Trust at the forefront of a community-led housing revolution in the UK. RUSS will share the lessons learned over the past 8 years developing its Church Grove Project in Lewisham, south London with aspiring individuals, community groups, students and housing practitioners.