‘The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community, is looking at how the Church responds to the housing crisis.
“If the purpose of housing was understood as building homes and communities, not merely building accommodation with bricks and mortar, the whole nature of the industry would be changed.”
Justin Welby, Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community will seek to re-imagine housing policy, with a focus on building better communities and homes, not just houses. As well as making recommendations for Government and others, it will also look at what actions the Church can take, in partnership with others, to help tackle the crisis at local, regional and national level.’
We are working with this Commission on the Innovative Built Solutions programme where a wide range of churches have applied for support from LivShare with their housing schemes. We are working with seven churches as part of this programme and each church is at a different stage of the development process. Some are in the very early stages looking at the vision for a scheme and how to fund it, where others have a very clear concept and just need some support in the delivery stage.
Alongside this support for churches, we are creating a guide for churches that want to explore using their land or assets to create homes. Once complete this will be a publicly available document.