Community housing fund
The Community Housing Fund was announced in the 2016 Spring Budget and officially launched in December 2016. It is a £300 million fund which is intended to help nearly 150 councils tackle high levels of second home ownership in their communities.
Intended to last 5 years until 2021, the Fund aims to give community groups the chance to assume ownership of housing matters, helping them deliver affordable housing aimed at first-time buyers, and to reinvest in other activities or services which will benefit the local area. It expects an additional 13,000 homes to be built by 2021.
In November 2017, Housing Minister, Alok Sharma MP, confirmed the Fund would continue for the next four years, launching a new programme of funding worth £60 million in the first year. A significant amount of the funding will go towards developing an advisory network that supports community groups to bring forward projects. Ref https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/community-led-housing
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