Rural Housing Alliance

The National Housing Federation Rural Housing Alliance has been created to help support Federation member housing associations that own and manage homes in rural areas.

The Alliance meets four times per year, and helps provide a single, clear and collective voice for housing associations’ lobbying and influencing on rural housing. Additionally, it enables associations to compare and learn from each others’ work in areas such as design and sustainability. The Alliance meets regularly with representatives from Homes England and the Rural Communities Policy Unit at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

The Alliance is chaired by Ursula Bennion, Chief Executive, Trent and Dove Housing. For further information on the Alliance please contact Jo Allen.

The Rural Housing Alliance pledge

The Alliance has published a rural housing pledge, Affordable homes for local people, which states the commitment of housing associations to work with local people in order to ensure high quality homes that benefit the whole community. 

It was launched in Parliament in March 2011 at an event attended by rural MPs and members of the Rural Housing Alliance. The Alliance works to promote this pledge to rural local authorities and parish councils.

Housing associations working in rural areas can use the pledge to show local residents and local media the values they will be working to when providing new affordable homes.