Rural Housing Week

Rural Housing Week 2019 took place from 1-5 July.

What is Rural Housing Week?

It’s an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on successful developments that offer a lifeline to local people in our market towns and villages, and to reinforce the message that housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services.

Building for rural communities

The theme of Rural Housing Week 2019 is Building for Rural Communities.

This year we want to celebrate the contribution of rural housing associations in building more quality, affordable homes and improving communities – and to highlight the community engagement they do in order to achieve this.

We want to show that rural housing associations are meeting the specific needs of rural communities as well as driving up supply nationally.

We know rural organisations go the extra mile to engage with their communities so we want to tell the story of what they do differently, demonstrating the positive impact of:

  • protecting and improving the quality of existing homes
  • committing to high/future design standards and energy efficiency homes
  • engaging with communities
  • partnership working and collaboration

This year we want to bring residents and tenants to the fore to hear powerful stories of how their housing association has provided them with quality housing of a high standard and made a difference to their lives.

We’re encouraging housing associations to share video content or case studies to demonstrate the positive impact this type of work has had on people and communities.

Resource pack

We’ve produced a toolkit containing resources to help you get involved, including a logo, email signature, Twitter banner.

5-star plan

The Rural Housing 5-Star Plan was developed in 2017 through consultation with housing associations, and challenges the sector to contribute to a living and working countryside by building more homes and supporting communities.

Rural Housing Week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of the 5-star plan, and to encourage the sector to do even more to solve the rural housing crisis.

The plan continues to underpin our work, highlighting the contribution rural housing associations make, and strengthening the case for more rural housing, so if you haven’t already signed up, please email us to pledge your support.

We've published a blog that underlines the impact the plan has had so far.