HACT to support community-led groups to bid for the £100million Empty Homes Programme

21/09/2011

HACT welcomes the announcement today of Andrew Stunnell MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DCLG, that £100 million of funding is to be made available to bring empty properties back into use.

The details of the Empty Homes strategy and how local councils, housing providers and community-led organisations can bid funding will be announced in the next few weeks.

HACT and Self-Help-Housing.Org are pleased to announce that they have secured funding from the Tudor Trust to help support and build the capacity of community-led organisations that are looking to submit bids for the Empty Homes Programme.

‘This announcement is great news. We know that there any many community-led organisations who are keen to bring empty houses back into use for the benefit of the community. Self-help housing involving the use of empty properties provides homes for those in need, and can also provide opportunities for training and employment initiatives,’ says Jon Fitzmaurice of Self-Help-Housing.Org.

HACT’S new Chief Executive, Matt Leach, says, ‘Self-help housing fits into HACT’s vision of community-led solutions to address housing needs and to support strong and vibrant neighbourhoods’.

There will be workshops scheduled in the coming months for community-led organisations looking to bid, as well as online resources and one-to-one assistance available. HACT and Self-Help-Housing.Org will announce more details about this in the coming weeks.

For further info contact:
John Coburn, HACT Network Support Officer: John.Coburn@hact.org.uk
Tel: 020 7247 7800

Jon Fitzmaurice, Self-Help-Housing.Org Director jnf@agents-for-change.com
Tel: 07939 593 251