Eastern Community Homes (the Cambridgeshire ACRE-led community led housing advice and support hub for the East of England) will be working with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to drive forward its commitment to support community-led housing projects across the region.
For a number of years now, community-led housing has been identified as a way of providing affordable homes right at the heart of the local community.
Over the next 15 months, ECH will work with 13 known community-led housing groups across the Combined Authority’s region of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to identify and devise a plan of action to support the completion of their projects where needed.
Eastern Community Homes will also look to promote community-led housing as a concept to potential new communities and provide advice to groups on how to progress their community homes project, including signposting groups to relevant technical advice and assist in access to funding to support their project which includes the application for a £5,000 grant from the Combined Authority to help set up their own community groups.
Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “Providing funding to give people an opportunity to find an affordable home in Peterborough and across Cambridgeshire is something that the Combined Authority was set up to do.
“It’s important to be able to give people the security of having a good quality home in the communities that they live and work in, and so I’m delighted that we now have the opportunity to work with Eastern Community Homes to help drive forward our community-led housing initiative.” Nick Shuttleworth, Chair of the Eastern Community Homes Board added: “Eastern Community Homes is pleased to be supporting the Combined Authority to fulfil its community-led housing ambitions for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We look forward to helping more local groups deliver community-led design and build housing projects.”