Housing Commission news and stories

Read about news and stories from The Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community.
  1. Parsonages of the future? How to create sustainable clergy houses


    As explored last week by Professor Tim Gorringe, sustainability is crucial to the Christian vision for housing being discerned by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community. We hear from Mark Wild on how the Diocese of Worcester responded.

  2. Why housing is key to a Christian response to sustainability


    The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Housing Commission is building a new vision for housing based on Christian values. Here, Prof Tim Gorringe (Professor of Theology at the University of Exeter) explains why sustainability must be at the heart of this.

  3. Breaking down the barriers to housing: churches preventing homelessness in Southampton


    One of the biggest barriers to housing is the tenancy deposit. Churches realised that for relatively little money they could help a lot of people at risk of homelessness, by setting up the Southampton Churches Rent Deposit Scheme.

  4. Unless the Lord Builds the House – helping your church reflect on the housing crisis


    In 2019, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, launched his Commission on Housing, Church and Community to bring a Christian perspective to the housing crisis. We’ve worked with the Centre for Theology and Community and the Roman Catholic Church to produce Unless the Lord Builds the House – a new five-week course of prayer, reflection and action, on Christian faith and housing.

  5. Churches, housing and building back better – has our relationship with property changed?


    Ambleside Methodists took the brave decision to give up their building to go on a new journey with the Anglicans. This allowed their old building to be turned into social housing, while creating a new community centre and keeping both churches going.

  6. Rowena Pailing - Blackburn Cathedral

    Churches to receive specialist advice for housing schemes


    Churches planning to use their land and buildings to help people priced out of the housing market are to be given specialist support under a new scheme.

  7. Turning an empty house into a home for refugees


    Boaz Trust is a Christian charity which works with philanthropic investors to house refugees and asylum seekers. The Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission found out about their work.

  8. Housing Commission's Vice-Chair signs open letter on rough sleeping


    The vice-chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission, the Right Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, has joined other London bishops in writing an open letter on rough sleeping to the Housing Secretary.

  9. Coronavirus, the housing crisis and Newham


    The housing crisis is being exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, told the Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission about the issues his constituents are facing.

  10. 'A Call To Alms' from Hope into Action


    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.