Homes in Community Hands: Year 2 Evaluation Executive Summary
The community-led housing sector in England has grown substantially in recent years, with an increasing number of groups forming and projects being planned. This is reflective not only of the urgent need for a suitable supply of affordable homes to meet the diverse requirements of communities, but also the growing strength of national and regional organisations established to support community-led housing.
Power to Change’s 5-year Homes in Community Hands programme has already played a significant role in this growth, providing support and grants totalling £4.7 million (of a total budget of £5.2 million) to help individual community-led housing projects and to build the reach and impact of enabling hubs in the sector. The programme has particularly targeted five areas in England – Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands, Leeds City Region and West of England.
Building on the baseline research undertaken in 2019-20, the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) have conducted further work to evaluate the programme’s development in 2020-21. This executive summary presents key findings on the impact of the projects and hubs that have received support. Reflecting on the factors that have contributed most, it also considers the effects of Covid-19, and how challenges in the funding landscape may hinder the sustainable growth and effectiveness of the community-led housing sector in future.