Stichting Statiegeld op Jeugd is a Dutch initiative that is seeking to combat the housing crisis in the Netherlands. They do so by proposing a housing ‘format’ where existing homes, mostly occupied by ’empty nesters’ are split up into two homes, allowing the older generation to stay in their own homes AND create more social housing out of existing properties!
We always think of innovation as being ‘digital’, ‘technology’, ‘shiny’ and combining this into ‘groundbreaking’ stuff, like rocket science…
But, just because rocket science is innovation, innovation isn’t rocket science. Too often we see ‘digital’ and ‘technology’ as the goal, rather than improving people’s lives.
ClwydAlyn is a housing association in Wales whose mission is all about addressing poverty. This means that they focus time and resources on supporting tenants that might be struggling with income poverty, fuel poverty or food poverty.
With the impact of Covid19 now unfolding, this mission has become even more vital.
Suss Housing have created ‘SHIFT’; a sustainability standard for the housing sector.
It is an independent assessment and accreditation scheme that demonstrates organisations are delivering against challenging environmental targets. They have kindly shared their view on the Social Housing White Paper from an environmental angle.
Leading technology provider Alertacall has published the results of its new survey examining digital engagement trends in social housing, providing a snapshot of the importance of technology for residents throughout the COVID crisis.
This article shares the key findings.
The Minister for Communities at Stormont recently delivered a major statement on housing policy which was then lauded from almost all sides.
In this article, University of Birmingham Lecturer and researcher Stewart Smyth takes a deeper look at what the Minister said and argues that there is an intention to privatise the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.
This article comes from final-year BSc Housing Students at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Amy McMurray, Anthony Morgans, and Emma Parcell.
On behalf of Tyfu Tai Cymru, a 5-year housing policy project, they researched the role of community-led solutions in addressing empty homes.
This article shares their most important findings.
This article has been shared in response to comments to an earlier article we published on the 15th of November 2020, ‘Letter to My Landlord’.
These comments were criticising the original author’s view of private landlords as not being realistic or fair, dismissing them as a ‘disgruntled’ tenant.
This article addresses thes coments.
Environmental, social and governance matters have steadily moved up the list of priorities for registered providers of housing providers following the introduction of the UK’s legally binding target to produce zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Ellen Damlica, Associate in the Housing Corporate and Governance Team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, provides readers with a concise and clear overview of what boards need to consider when talking about this ‘2050 Target’.
Recently, things have become just a bit too much. The pandemic, changes to planning laws, evictions can go ahead again, and wishy washy statements about funding for retrofit of the existing housing stock and building more social housing.
An anonymous contributer decided to write a letter to their landlord, addressing issues that other private renting tenants might recognise.
PhD Researcher and SHM co-founder Hannah Absalom asks tenants for their opinions on new ways of delivering services to tenants.
The anonymised findings will be used to contribute to academic research, and also a findings report to the sector.
The aim is to ensure tenants influence the future of services that are ultimately supposed to benefit them.
7th October 2020 is UK #Housingday, an iniative brought to life and led by Leslie Channon.
SHM Co-Founder Dr Gaby Wolferink wrote an article for the #HousingDay website, republished here, on the importance of having a place to call home.
We use language every day, in everything we do. Whether it’s spoken, written, signed or even drawn. It’s how we communicate, and, as recipients get an idea of what people think of us. That’s why language matters in social housing.
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