The Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community, 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

Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis. It is a crisis which affects people’s material, physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

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.

The Commission is chaired by Charlie Arbuthnot with the support of The Right Reverend Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington. See a full list of the Commissioners below.

Find out more about the Commission's vision
Find out more about the Commissioners

How are local churches meeting housing needs?

The Commission is learning from existing church-linked housing projects, to see the great work local churches are doing and equip others to follow suit. Learn more here.


The Commission wants to hear from people with direct experience of housing issues and local churches and other organisations with experience of tackling these issues in their community throughout the course of its work. If you would like to be in touch with the Commission to share your experience/expertise, please fill out the form below. 

The way we will handle this data is laid out in the Church of England website privacy policy. In this case, by making a submission to our contact form, you also give permission for this information to be passed to our Commissioners (listed above), who are not necessarily employees of the Church of England. This is in order to take your suggestions on board and decide on how to respond. Your information will not be passed beyond the Commissioners without your explicit permission.

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