Support for much-needed new community housing for Hambleton residents has received a vital boost.
Community First Yorkshire, a charity that supports rural communities in North, South and West Yorkshire, will work with Hambleton District Council to tackle the problems of providing local housing for local people at an affordable price.
Community led housing can help local groups to solve housing problems, create their own genuinely affordable homes and build stronger communities.
“Hot on the heels of Housing Minister, Alok Sharma’s announcement last month for £60m of national funding to support community housing, we are thrilled to be awarded a two year contract to help support community led housing in Hambleton,” said Leah Swain, Chief Executive Officer at Community First Yorkshire.
“If your community is worried about whether local residents can continue to afford to live in your area, or your village is lacking smaller homes for younger residents or long term residents are looking to downsize but can’t afford to, then we can help you explore options to help you meet your community’s housing needs. This is people-powered housing in action where local homes are firmly in the hands of community ownership.”
As part of the contract, Community First Yorkshire has organised a free community led housing workshop for Hambleton residents on Tuesday 16 January (6.30 – 8.30pm) at Kirkby Fleetham village hall. Attendees will be able to find out more about starting their own community led housing project. To book email Hayley.firstname.lastname@example.org or t: 01904 704 177.
Mark Harbottle, Head of Economy and Planning, from Hambleton District Council, said: “Community First Yorkshire is locally based and can demonstrate a good knowledge of Hambleton. As a specialist in community led housing and other community development related issues, we feel they are perfectly placed to encourage our communities to explore options for developing housing that exactly matches their needs”.
Community First Yorkshire will work to raise awareness of, and enthusiasm for, community led housing among Hambleton’s community groups, parish councils, landowners or anyone with a local interest. Over the next two years, Community First Yorkshire will help communities to identify opportunities worth investing in and encourage groups to consider building and owning their own homes using the available funding.
Community First Yorkshire has already been working in partnership with the North Yorkshire and East Riding Housing Enablers to produce a suite of resources that will encourage rural communities across England to take community led housing schemes forward. The toolkit of resources and promotional video, funded by Nationwide Foundation, North Star Housing Group and UK Cohousing Network will be made available in Hambleton and will detail how to get a project started, the work involved throughout the different stages and highlight the support and funding available to get projects off the ground. Workshops will be delivered to get interested communities to find out more about the benefits of community led housing and why and how to do it.
Community First Yorkshire will also work with local councils, housing providers, the North Yorkshire and East Riding community led housing hub (The Hub) and other stakeholders to provide ongoing community led housing support and advice. The Hub will lead on technical support on matters such as legal advice, architectural, finance and other professional services.
Community First Yorkshire also provides the same support for community led housing in Ryedale.
Community First Yorkshire: Jo Fox, Marketing & Communications Officer or Louise Ennis, Marketing & Communications Officer tel: 01904 704 177 email@example.com.
About Community First Yorkshire
Community First Yorkshire is an influential, regional body which works with voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and rural communities across North, South and West Yorkshire to inspire and support positive local action.
We are an independent charity formed from a merger between Rural Action Yorkshire and the North Yorkshire & York Forum.
T: 01904 704 177 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter: @CommFirstYorks Facebook: Community First Yorkshire