Rural Housing Week 2019 highlights

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 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:

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