Rural Housing Week is an annual campaign to showcase the fantastic work housing associations do in rural communities.
Thank you to everyone who helped make Rural Housing Week 2023 (3-7 July) a huge success.
This year, housing associations and other stakeholders came together to explore ‘building a better future for rural communities'. Together, we highlighted not only the amazing work housing associations are doing already but also explored some of the challenges facing these communities, such as ‘hidden’ homelessness and how hard it is to develop new homes in rural areas.
On Monday 3 July, we published new research finding that demand for social homes in rural areas is growing at over 10 times the rate of that in towns and cities. Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation wrote that, 'Only 5,953 new homes for social rent were completed across England’s rural communities [between 2019 and 2022], meaning local people are running out of housing options.'
Inside Housing also published a comment piece by Angela Gascoigne, Chief Executive of Shal Housing, in which she says 'Rural poverty is characterised by invisibility, partly because it is dispersed rather than concentrated and partly because it is culturally invisible.'
We held two webinars during Rural Housing Week 2023, both of which were recorded and are available to watch in full.
Speakers from the Centre for Homelessness Impact, Herefordshire Council and the University of Kent discuss the 'hidden' homelessness crisis in rural areas.Watch now
Speakers from Hastoe Group, University College London and Homes England discuss why building homes in rural areas is often more challenging.Watch now
Rural Housing Week 2023 saw the launch of the ‘Rural Homelessness Counts’ coalition, which aims to raise awareness of the growing homelessness problem in rural areas, and work towards sustainable solutions to tackling it.
Just a few of the highlights from #RuralHousingWeek.
In a new blog for #RuralHousingWeek @dbarrowcliff from @EnglishRural examines the hidden crisis of rural homelessness and the comprehensive approaches needed to tackle it.— Chartered Institute of Housing (@CIHhousing) July 6, 2023
📖 👉 https://t.co/2WPKOVtaQg#RuralHomeslessnessCounts #Housing pic.twitter.com/XTC5us5alD
Housing has a crucial role to play if we are to strengthen the rural economy. 🏡 #RuralHousingWeek— Country Land & Business Assn (@CLAtweets) July 5, 2023
Many villages could benefit from small scale developments, providing affordable homes and, as a consequence, reinforcing the local economy and community:https://t.co/akempuRaw9
Many members of the #ACRENetwork support #rural communities to secure small scale housing developments that meet local need— ACRE (@ACRE_national) July 5, 2023
For #RuralHousingWeek we asked John from @C_C_A to describe his experiences of working with communities in #Cheshire
READ: https://t.co/tBZlv1peyA pic.twitter.com/Ey5YvQqnjK
The response from customers in #Crewkerne about our Mobile Community Pantry has been amazing ⭐— Abri (@abrigroup) July 6, 2023
It's really highlighted the need for investment in services and support, as well as #affordable homes.
Find out more: https://t.co/z91aGOWLZG #RuralHousingWeek @natfedevents pic.twitter.com/qsxeyywSQW
We're highlighting the importance of having more rural homes during Rural Housing Week.— LiveWest (@WeAreLiveWest) July 6, 2023
Our resident Aga is overjoyed to have moved into one of our new rural energy- efficient homes in Yeovil.
Find out more here: https://t.co/8SEYSoQVoM 👈#RuralHousingWeek pic.twitter.com/IgPpuEYwXU
“When we saw the plans for these houses, we were very excited. Our house would be in a small community in a village where we could walk to the shop with our dog.— Grand Union Housing Group (@GrandUnionHG) July 3, 2023
"Hackleton's a great little community."
Jan & Peter's story 👉 https://t.co/DOmayIhCnq#RuralHousingWeek pic.twitter.com/htX3N1yQu0
Franc is someone who found himself #homeless and camping in a #rural area. His story is one example of how people can find themselves out in the cold, and hidden from view#RuralHomelessnessCounts #RuralHousingWeek @EnglishRural— ACRE (@ACRE_national) July 3, 2023
WATCH: https://t.co/FHXYNgAnCi pic.twitter.com/kqTqvGGbjg
Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation, paid a visit to Hastoe Housing Group in Essex to see for herself how NHF members are helping to build a better future for our rural communities.
"At Hatfield Heath, Ulrike Maccariello, Development Director at Hastoe, showed me some fantastic affordable homes, built to Passivhaus standard. We also got to see the community allotments which are flourishing. When visiting Little Hallingbury we met a resident champion who talked proudly about his home and told us about his friendly neighborhood and the strong sense of community. There’s no doubt that building the homes people need, where they need them, contributes massively to the vitality of rural areas."