Rural housing

We are working to increase the number of affordable homes in rural areas.

Over 440 of our members own and manage 728,000 homes in village and market towns across the country. Investment in rural homes and communities is a core part of our members' business.

There is an urgent need to increase the provision of affordable housing in rural settlements. Many villages are at risk of becoming ghettos of the rich and of older people, as young families and those on modest incomes are priced out.

Rural Housing Week is our annual celebration of rural housing. Find out more and read about some of this year's highlights.

Rural housing 5-star plan

We have developed a 5-star plan for rural housing through consultation with housing associations.

The rural housing 5-star plan challenges the sector to increase delivery of rural housing and continue to contribute to a living and working countryside.

Find out more and sign up to pledge your support.

Federation Rural Housing Alliance

The National Housing Federation Rural Housing Alliance has been created to help support Federation member housing associations that own and manage homes in rural areas.

The Alliance has published a rural housing pledge, Affordable homes for local people, which offers a set of guarantees for rural communities. The Alliance works to promote this pledge to rural local authorities and parish councils.

Partners for Rural Housing

We participate in the Rural Housing Network. The group's aim is to advise the Homes and Communites Agency and seek ways to improve the delivery of affordable rural housing. The group meets four times a year and is convened by Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive, Hastoe Housing Group. 

We are also members of the Rural Coalition, chaired by Lord Robin Teverson. The coalition comprises 15 members who subscribe to a vision for a living and working countryside.