Making the housing (and other assets) we really need

Brighton and Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) wants to put housing development back in the hands of people who need it.

Brighton and Hove has huge housing need. House prices are out of most people’s reach, and so are rents for many. Housing development is largely in the hands of commercial developers, whose interests do not always match those of local people. Housing associations were set up to meet housing need but have become hampered by legislation that makes affordable housing harder to achieve. The City Council’s own housing development is squeezed between competing interests and austerity measures handed down by the Government.

Our vision is of a city better designed to meet local housing and community needs by engaging the communities themselves in their development. BHCLT is being set up to support community-led development and affordable housing in the city.

Brighton and Hove Community Land Trust aims to:
– develop affordable housing and other community assets
– support other community-led groups developing such assets
– acquire or lease land protected for community benefit

BHCLT is a central resource for Brighton and Hove community-led housing, including housing co-operatives, cohousing and self-build projects, developed through local people working together. These projects bring more affordable housing to the city. Our work to support community-led housing is being supported by Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) through the Community Housing Fund.

Our work includes financial support for housing projects, discovering suitable land and properties, connecting people with experts and raising awareness about community-led housing.

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