The aim of this annual celebration is to highlight rural housing issues and showcase housing associations’ innovative solutions for tackling them. It’s an opportunity to reinforce the message that housing is vital for the survival of rural communities and services.
Many thanks to all that helped make the week a success and gave rural housing the profile it deserves. We kicked off the week with a blog from our Chief Executive Kate Henderson explaining why rural housing deserves the spotlight.
Building for rural communities
This year's theme focused on the contribution of rural housing associations in building more quality, affordable homes and improving communities – and highlighting the community engagement they do in order to achieve this.
Our Rural Housing Conference featured speakers Tom Walker, Deputy Chief Executive at Homes England, and Nicholas Boys Smith, Chair of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission. The event also saw the relaunch our 5-star plan for rural housing. If you haven't signed up yet, please email us to pledge your support.
We also participated in a roundtable event with Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble to focus on the issues around delivering new rural housing.
Social media highlights
Housing associations up and down the country were busy organising events within their rural communities, generating a lot of interest and social media activity. Thanks to all our members who got involved.
We asked housing associations to help us 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 celebrating #RuralHousingWeek starting with this story from Hull. A 75-year-old disabled woman has regained her independence and social life after moving in to a new home in the rural village of Hutton Cranswick in East Riding.— Together Housing (@TogetherHousing) July 1, 2019
Read the full story : https://t.co/0SAp2YubcP pic.twitter.com/gPZfd9ZnQb
#rural #housing can be a lifeline for local people. Hear from North #Yorkshire resident David who has his dream house in his local community, thanks to #communityledhousing #RuralHousingWeek @natfednews https://t.co/VXXECRH94T pic.twitter.com/FVIYmVE5P6— CommunityFirstYorks (@CommFirstYorks) July 4, 2019
We're celebrating #RuralHousingWeek with Beth & Danny's story - a young family who was able to move back to their home village thanks to new homes built by Curo at #HighburyFields in the beautiful village of #Clutton https://t.co/k8yj65IkmE pic.twitter.com/DRmrAeytSO— Curo (@Curo_Group) July 4, 2019
Here's Linda, talking about the difference a new, affordable home in rural Oxfordshire has made to her and her family. It's what it's all about. #RuralHousingWeek @Natfednews pic.twitter.com/sQeC2U18va— Sovereign Housing (@sovereignha) July 4, 2019
We hosted a Twitter chat which created a lot of discussion and debate on key rural issues:
We're building more homes
Finally, our latest supply figures showed a significant increase in the number of rural homes built last year by housing associations:
Our #RuralHousing supply survey figures show that housing associations built more homes in rural areas last year than the previous year, including more than 1,000 new social rent homes. https://t.co/087xGOYoEM #RuralHousingWeek pic.twitter.com/j3y6Wa6CNG— National Housing Fed (@natfednews) July 5, 2019
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