Tag Archives: Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG)

Completion of Kings Grove, Peckham

On the 26th November we celebrated the opening of the new refurbished flats with 70 guests, a mixture of government officials, corporate supporters, community volunteers and partner charities, all with a connection to the project. 61 KG_XDB3645_600x400 We were privileged to have  Stephen Williams MP (pictured above), the minister in charge of Empty Homes at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) along on his first public engagement in his new role. He was really impressed by the wide community engagement the project has achieved, with over 400 volunteers spending time on site assisting with the 8 month build (starting in April 2013). David Ireland from the charity Empty Homes also came and added his support as the event took place during National Empty Homes week 2013. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our supporters and volunteers who have worked hard on this site, including...

New Furniture Fund Launched!

Furnishing of Flats for Housing for Women Tenants   HFH Homes are trying to fundraise so that we can furnish the 2 flats at Kings Grove for our future tenants who are from Housing for Women. These flats are the latest homes to be brought into use on our "Empty Houses to Homes" scheme, part funded by the DCLG. Please click on our Just Giving page (http://www.justgiving.com/HFH-EmptyHomes) for details of how to add your support – every donation however small or large will be much appreciated and can go towards making a ‘home’ for these families, not simply a house. HFH Homes are partnering with Housing for Women to provide 2 new homes for women and their children coming out of very vulnerable circumstances. HfW's vital and sensitive work takes place to prepare these women for life in the community again, in vastly improved circumstances. HFH Homes has already carried out...

Guardian Housing Network Blog – A problem shared: tackling empty homes

There is a Quechuan word I learnt years ago during my time volunteering on a community building project in Peru, the concept of which has stayed with me since. "Aynikuy" means, roughly speaking, "to contribute labour to a task to which all parties are mutually committed". It's the way a lot of jobs were accomplished in the Inca Empire, including all those superb terraces and fortresses around Cuzco, and Quechua communities still practice it today when there is work to be done. Last year, when Habitat for Humanity met with communities and local government under-secretary Andrew Stunell, we emphasised the important role community groups and social enterprises play in bringing empty homes back into use as affordable housing. We are now in a position to access over £25m of funding from a £100m government pot for just such a purpose. An interesting by-product of the government's attempts to address the problem of empty homes is the infiltration of new set of values and priorities into the social housing arena; housing providers and...
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