Rural Housing Week

The aim of this annual celebration is to highlight rural housing issues and showcase housing associations’ innovative solutions for tackling them. 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.

Rural Housing Week 2017

This year the theme was Delivering the Ambition which feeds into our Ambition to Deliver work. 

Underpinning the week was the launch of the 5-star plan for rural housing, which we developed in consultation with housing associations. The plan challenges the sector to increase delivery of rural housing and continue to contribute to a living and working countryside.

The 5-star plan was officially launched at the Rural Housing Conference and has already gained the support of many housing associations and other rural organisations. Thanks to all those who have signed up so far.

If you haven’t yet signed up, please pledge your support.

Housing associations up and down the country were busy hosting events within their rural communities which generated a lot of interest and social media activity. Thanks to all our members who got involved.

We encouraged members to use Twitter through the week to highlight the vital work housing associations do in rural areas. There were thousands of tweets during the week, and #ruralhousing was one of Twitter's top three trending topics in London on the day of the conference. 

There was an impressive amount of innovation shown by housing associations in thinking creatively to draw attention to rural housing issues.


Many thanks to all that helped make the week a success and gave rural housing the profile it deserves. Ahead of next year's Rural Housing Week, we would like to achieve full support for the 5-star plan from the rural sector, so please sign up if you haven’t yet done so.