24 Feb 2020

ACT supports competition to enable churches to respond to housing need

Andrews Charitable Trust has given £40,500 of grant funding to support the Church of England’s aim to enable churches to be more responsive to those in housing need.

The nation’s housing crisis is well known – an estimated 8.4 million people in the UK are living in unaffordable, insecure and unsafe accommodation with a 74% increase (since 2010) in the number of people in temporary accommodation across England.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community aims to empower churches to respond innovatively and effectively to the housing needs in their community.

Through Cinnamon Network, a competition called ‘Project Lab’ is being launched for churches to apply for a development grant. This will enable the most innovative housing solutions to be replicated by other churches across the UK.

Projects wishing to apply could include those involved in:

  • Tenancy training
  • Housing advice and advocacy
  • Mentoring and befriending
  • Hosting or hospitality
  • Resident engagement
  • Community self-help
  • Supported accommodation
  • Co-living schemes
  • Temporary use of empty properties

Projects must submit a written application form and a 60 second video. Following this, five projects will be selected to attend the Project Lab Final hosted by Mercer’s in central London later this year, where they will pitch their project against others.

Two competition winners will receive a £30,000 development grant each, and there are up to five places for runners up to receive support from industry professionals to help them replicate their work for the benefit of communities across the UK.

Amanda Bindon, Co-Chief Executive of Cinnamon Network said: “Churches are on the forefront in supporting those most vulnerable in our communities. We know many have found creative ways to help support those who are experiencing housing needs. Through Project Lab we want to find these great ideas and help them develop so other churches can replicate their work.”

The Revd Lynne Cullens, member of the Archbishop’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community, and Rector of Stockport and Brinnington said: “At the heart of the Commission’s vision is the desire to normalise the meeting of housing need by local churches, by helping to develop a range of quality projects that churches can easily replicate.

Click here for more information or to register your interest.

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Posted by Cinnamon Network on Monday, 24 February 2020


Sources: National Housing Federation, National Audit office