Community Housing Fund

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th January 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of potential new build homes that are dependent on the Community Housing Fund.

Photo of Lord Greenhalgh Lord Greenhalgh Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), The Minister of State, Home Department

Until the end of March 2020, when the funding period ended, the Community Housing Fund was delivered outside London by Homes England (and its predecessor, the Homes and Communities Agency). Data provided by Homes England in May indicated that it had received applications for funding from projects anticipating the delivery of a total of 10,780 homes, 4,347 of which from applications that have been approved. The overwhelming majority of the funding requested was in the form of revenue grant to cover pre-development costs. Organisations that are registered as providers of social housing may seek capital funding from the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme operated outside London by Homes England and, where appropriate, Homes England has been encouraging them to do so.

Within London, the Community Housing Fund is delivered by the Greater London Authority (GLA) with £36 million grant awarded to it by MHCLG. Data provided by the GLA in December indicates a current pipeline of up to 1,387 community-led homes for which funding applications may be made to the GLA.

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