Church responses to the housing crisis

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing, Church and Community seeks to equip local churches to respond to housing needs. With this in mind, we are learning from existing church-linked housing projects, to see the great work local churches are doing and equip others to follow suit.

Building Community - Local church responses to the housing crisis

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The 'Building Community' report highlights some of the extraordinary work local churches and dioceses are already doing to help tackle the housing problems they see in their community, including through the use of church land for affordable housing; offering practical support to people at risk of homelessness; and helping to build community on new housing developments.


Earlier this year, the Commission ran two competitions: Innovative Built Solutions for Churches, with Allchurches Trust, and Project Lab with the Cinnamon Network. They were designed to enable churches to respond to housing need - both through built solutions and other responses. Through this, we hope to provide a blueprint for other churches. To find out more, see the information here. Some of the winners for Innovative Built Solutions for Churches have now been announced.

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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.

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