What is community-led housing?
There are several types of community-led housing providing for people in housing need.
Community land trusts
Land is acquired and held as a community asset in perpetuity to provide rental or shared ownership properties for local people in housing need.
Groups of people who provide and collectively manage affordable homes for themselves as tenants or shared owners, members are voted into the co-operative.
Groups of people who provide self-contained private homes for themselves, but manage their scheme together and share activities, often in a communal space.
Tenant management organisations
Social housing tenants are given collective responsibility for managing and maintaining their homes through an agreement with their council or housing association landlord.
Small community-based organisations bringing empty properties back into use, often without mainstream funding, and with a strong emphasis on construction skills training and support.
Groups of people building homes for themselves with external support and managing the process collectively.
Community development trusts (Community anchors)
Independent, often well-established community-led organisations operating in a local area. They are focused on a range of economic, social and environmental issues; some are now involved in community-led housing provision.