Housing Commission news and stories

Read about news and stories from The Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community.
  1. 'A Call To Alms' from Hope into Action

    21/05/2020

    The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community believes that churches are well placed to respond to housing need in their local area. Right now, this is more important than ever. That’s why we’re supporting Hope into Action’s ‘Call to Alms’. They’re asking church members and ministers to join a zoominar on the 3rd of June to discuss how churches can play an active role in meeting the growing need for supported housing. To find out more, see a letter below from their founder, Ed Walker.

  2. ‘It’s not just a roof over their head’ – why churches are well placed to address homelessness

    21/05/2020

    Ilford Salvation Army wanted to deal with homelessness in a more sustainable way than their nightshelter. Working with their local council, they constructed modular homes on a piece of land that was empty for five years.

  3. Self isolating is a luxury that many don't have.

    How can you self-isolate without a house?

    26/03/2020

    Homelessness is always a serious issue, but right now  people who are homeless are at considerable risk from coronavirus. This article explains how you can help.

  4. In my house are many rooms: radical hospitality in the vicarage

    10/03/2020

    We’re in the midst of a housing crisis. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community believes that, if real change is going to be made, we all need to play our part. For Lent, we’re looking at how individual Christians can get involved. This week, Revd Dr Catherine Shelley writes about her experience of taking in lodgers.

  5. There’s no community voice without community

    04/03/2020

    How do you foster a strong community voice? The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community has been grappling with this question. With a Christian charity, Hope North London, Helen set about building community and empowering individuals on Strawberry Vale and two other estates.

  6. Competitions launched for church projects tackling housing crisis

    24/02/2020

    Two competitions aimed at helping local churches to support people in housing need – from advocacy and advice for vulnerable tenants to ‘micro-housing’ schemes on church land – are launched today by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community.

  7. Stress and bills or a growing church? - using church land for mission

    20/02/2020

    Anniesland had a small, ageing congregation, and maintaining a large building was too much for them. The congregation resigned themselves to the fact that their church would be demolished. Talking with Sanctuary - a housing association - they realised that together they could provide both a new church and housing on their site.

  8. A theological reflection on housing, with the help of Tolkien

    14/02/2020

    Revd Sophie Cowan suggests that, in exploring the ground between a ‘house’ and a ‘home’, we will enrich our vision of what might be achieved by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community.

  9. A marriage made in heaven: how a church worked alongside a housing association for the community

    04/02/2020

    St Bride's was approached by Trafford Housing Trust about buying their land to provide a new community centre and housing. St Bride's got a new, more appropriate building, and it gave the community badly needed facilities.

  10. ‘The door to God’s house’ – how a community converted their church into affordable homes

    28/01/2020

    A charity is using church land to provide affordable housing, combining shared ownership and sweat equity. The future residents work together on ‘team builds’ for up to eighteen months meaning they know one another before they’ve even moved in.