23 Feb We Are Not Alone…
Living and working in a rural community is increasingly difficult for many people on lower household incomes, and when there is a shortage of truly affordable homes, the result can be an unbalanced community.
Knowing that more Social Rent Homes are needed in our community, High Ham CLT was formed to do something about it. By providing 6 homes in our community for people with strong local connections, 6 more families will have a home they can afford. The homes will be well designed, cheaper to rent than privately rented housing, and will provide safe long-term tenancies, giving 6 families the chance to put down roots in our community. The land the homes are sited on will be owned by the CLT in perpetuity, and the ground rent received from the leaseholder Housing Association can be used to fund other activities that will benefit our community.
High Ham CLT is not alone in wanting to provide truly affordable homes for their community. According to recent figures from the National CLT Network, there are now more than 290 CLTs in England, half of which formed in the past two years. So far, they have produced more than 1,000 homes and, just as importantly, brought together tens of thousands of people actively looking to build genuinely affordable homes in their communities.
If you know someone who might be interested in becoming a future High Ham tenant, please ensure that they register with the Somerset Homefinder Service at www.homefindersomerset.co.uk
Amanda Chuter Jan 2020