Community-Based Approaches

Action on Empty Homes has a major project to spread community-based regeneration in areas with high levels of empty homes. We have followed demonstration projects where community-based organisations are bringing empty homes into use over a three year period from 2016 to 2019.

Our aim is to understand what works, as well as the challenges they face.

We want to share their experiences, to encourage other organisations and areas to look at how community-based regeneration could work in their neighbourhoods.

Building the case for investment

Our project is also about building the case for a new Government investment programme targeted at areas with high levels of empty homes, to support community-based neighbourhood improvement approaches that refurbish empty properties and tackle the underlying causes of the high levels of empty homes in those areas, as well as the wider issues communities face.

Building the case for communities

The high level of empty homes and poor standard of housing in these areas is just as much part of the housing crisis as the extreme affordability gap in high value areas. Furthermore many of these areas still experience long waiting lists for good quality social homes. This project is about showing that the problems that exist in these areas can be effectively tackled through approaches which recognise why properties remain empty in these neighbourhoods.

We have produced two reports on this work. Our first report shares some early learning progress and ntroduces the demonstration projects. Our second report looks at learning and best practice from across the whole three-year project and produces a series of recommendations for action. This was published on May 2nd 2019.


Download the report by clicking the link or document image above.

For more information, please contact:

Brighid Carey    Project Manager

email: [email protected]

As well as reports on our work with community-based demonstration projects, bringing empty homes into use, this area will feature our upcoming Best Practise Toolkits.

These will include a Toolkit for local authority officers, a Community Toolkit and links to sources of advice.