Inside Housing reports on the launch of the HACT, Locality and Urban Forum service that will support communities with bidding for funds for development schemes.
(Reported in Inside Housing on 2 August 2012)
A group of charities is looking for five housing organisations to bid for government money for community development schemes.
Hact, Locality and Urban Forum have been commissioned by the government to deliver a service to support community right to build projects and want housing associations to get on board.
Community right to build was introduced in the Localism Act last year. It enables local people to bring forward small scale community-led developments if more than 50 per cent of local people vote in favour in a community referendum.
The Homes and Communities Agency has £17.5 million to support communities through the process, and Hact wants to support five partnerships of housing associations working with local community groups or tenants and residents associations who want to pull together a case for funding for the HCA.
The help will be in the form of support from a range of experts in the field of community housing and planning.
Andrew Van Doorn, deputy chief executive at Hact, said housing associations could help communities find capital for the cost of the build. ‘Housing associations are well placed to support this sort of thing because of their existing community links,’ he said.