How to organise a community housing project

A new two-evening interactive workshop on 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?

Over two evenings tutors and participants will discuss and work through exercises on key elements of community-led housing including:

  • 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
  • Co-design – designing your homes together
  • Ongoing networking


The course takes place across two evenings: Tuesday 26 September and Tuesday 3rd October

Time: 6.30 – 9pm

Venue: New Economics Foundation, 10 Salamanca Place, London, SE1 7HB

Cost: £50 full price, £40 concessions

The course is delivered by:

Kareem Dayes – RUSS Founder and Chair

Alice Martin – Housing Lead, New Economics Foundation

Rebecca Winson – Organiser, New Economics Foundation

Zohra Chiheb – Appropriate Housing Lead at Levitt Bernstein

John Struthers – Headway Self Build Group Collective

Emma Gittus – RUSS Former Project Manager and expert on local authorities, planning and procurement



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