Tackling the Housing Crisis Together
Theology of Housing series“We need more truly affordable homes and stronger communities that people can be proud of and where they can feel safe and welcome, put down roots and flourish.”~ via Coming Home report
BREAKING NEWS: The @churchofengland is taking steps to set up a national housing association, which will enable the Church to become a major provider of social housing.
— The Diocese of Gloucester (@GlosDioc) May 25, 2022
Around 8 million people in England live in overcrowded, unaffordable, or unsuitable homes – there is a housing crisis in our country and at present there just aren’t enough decent homes affordable for all.
The Church of England recognises that addressing this housing need and strengthening local communities is an integral part of its mission and ministry; we want people to have decent homes and belong to welcoming communities.
Through the Housing Commission we want to make a practical difference to people’s lives, to deliver truly affordable good housing, using not only the land the Church owns but also supporting and resourcing others who have caught this vision for their communities.
The Housing Crisis – What to do
We’re very grateful to our friends at Allies and Morrison Architects for creating this step by step guide for local churches and community groups who want to explore options for building homes for local people. We’re committed to creating truly affordable homes for those who most need them – and this guide will help you navigate the steps to make things happen.
Get Involved and Join the Movement
We long to see a movement for real change in the provision of housing, to see all people in decent homes in welcoming communities. We are creating a community of people who have been inspired by this vision to pray for and provide a new kind of housing, to be resourced, equipped and encouraged by each other – collectively making a real difference in people’s lives by creating homes and communities that are sustainable, safe, stable, sociable and satisfying for all.
We want you to be a part of this vision and in making it real; we want to support you with the tools and networks you can use to make this happen. We want to harness your enthusiasm, your passion, and your creativity. Sign up below to join the movement, and please encourage friends, neighbours and colleagues to come on board.
In the Diocese of Gloucester, our Responding to Growth Network, our work with the Good & Faithful Servant property developers, our projects to build affordable homes on land no longer needed by the church (St Aldate’s and St Stephen’s Churches in Gloucester) and the Living Pods project put us at forefront of action to tackle the housing crisis.