Housing Commission news and stories

Read about news and stories from The Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community.
  1. A yellow stone house

    Grazing sheep or housing people? – Using church land for good


    In the early 2000s, it was decided that some church land in Dent in the Yorkshire Dales could be used more strategically for generating income, while also serving the church’s mission directly. The diocese built two houses on the site, to be let exclusively to local people.

  2. An artist's impression of a road yet to be constructed in the York Central Development, with greenery, gentle density of residential buildings and people walking and cycling comfortably.

    Neither up nor down – how the Dean encouraged compromise in York


    In 2016, the Right Revd Viv Faull, then Dean of York, was appointed as the chair of a Community Forum to steer the planning of the ‘masterplan’ for York Central. By the time Viv left York, the community forum had made decisions on key areas, and the planning application was being finalised.

  3. London landscape

    ‘Dragons’ Den’ style competition to promote pioneer housing schemes


    A pioneering project which could offer people living in hostels the chance to build their own home and a church scheme that helps vulnerably housed women are to pitch for funding to expand in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style competition to help ease the housing crisis.

  4. Almshouses in Berkshire which look much like any twentieth-century houses, including a small well-kept shared garden.

    Almshouses for the twenty-first century?


    The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community is looking at various different ways in which churches can meet housing need. This week, Mark Bennet, Team Rector at Thatcham in Berkshire, explains why we should hold almshouses in a higher regard.

  5. An illustration of a new housing development surrounded by fields, with plenty of parks and green spaces.

    Consultation, consultation, consultation: why churches should make their voice heard in planning


    The Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission believes that churches should engage with the planning system. When the Diocese of Leicester replied to the Leicestershire Strategic Growth Plan they found that it was very beneficial for them.

  6. Logo for What Will You Do to End Homelessness with the title inside an orange house.

    What will you do to end homelessness?


    We need to reimagine how we respond to homelessness. It’s key that this discussion is led by those with lived experience of homelessness, and that’s why it’s great to see that the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptists, URC, Methodists and Church of Scotland are inviting them to the centre of their discussions.

  7. Four people celebrating and smiling at the camera in front of a WLM banner

    From the old we travel to the new: West London Mission and changing responses to homelessness


    West London Mission (WLM) has been empowering people affected by homelessness, poverty and trauma since 1887. Recently, though, an element has changed. Where previously they were just responding to crisis need, they’ve expanded to have a more preventative approach.

  8. A voluntary Nightstop host sits eating, talking and smiling with a young guest in a welcoming kitchen.

    Would you take in a stranger?


    Our houses are more than just financial assets. They’re more even that just our homes. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community believes that they’re valuable tools given to us by God. Nightstop is one way to do that.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.