Community Led Housing Project

See below for the background to this project;

Next meeting... who knows... maybe we should go virtual? 

Hi, it seems like an age since the last time our Community Led Housing group met at The Star and Shadow and discussed our next steps. Much of that discussion was around how we communicate as a group and also about how we ensure that this group can truly represent and accommodate the thoughts, dreams and aspirations of all those who choose to be involved. 

I guess on some level that was an age away... the recent cultural, social, economic and global shift has possibly left an indelible impact on the ways we as a species may decide to manage ourselves and our resources indefinitely... I know that we in this group have something useful to add to that conversation. 

 

To address this impasse in the opportunity to move on with planning and creating an alternative model of housing, sharing space and generating creative communities... I am suggesting that we host an online meeting and look for ways to share skills and ideas around how we achieve our aims and goals. 

 

The plan is to facilitate on online space where we can set up and work around themes such as;

Effective Facilitation.

Manifesting the shared aims and dreams of our group.

 

Creating safe spaces... maybe better called brave spaces. 

 

Speaking truth without judgement... radical honesty. 

 

If there are people who would like to take part in this online meeting I suggest that we choose 4 or 5 to help facilitate... and set this up as soon as we can. There will not be a charge for this and anyone is welcome to take an active part or just observe. 

 

I will send an email out to the group list of members. If you are not on the group email list pass on your email and phone contacts and I will add you to that list. That way you will get all future mail outs and invites to virtual and physical events too. 

 

Being a member of the community led housing group currently means that you are interested in how our plans to create a community led housing and studio space based in Newcastle can be developed into an actual living and working shared building.

You are not signing up for an active role or have to take on any particular responsibility... and are welcome to do either or both if you wish.

 

My contacts are here on this website... and here also... mark at markthis.co.uk 077 65 27 27 59

 

Thanks for taking an interest and I hope your plans and dreams are taking shape too, Mark.  

Next Meeting 23rd Feb Star and Shadow

We are meeting Sunday 23rd Feb 3pm at the Star and Shadow. For those who have been before we will be planning the next steps in taking our plans for a community led housing project based in or around the Heaton area.

For those new to our group we will explain what we plan to do and how you might choose to get involved. You are welcome to drop in and find out more about our project and community led housing in general. 

You can come along for the whole 90 minutes or just drop in. 

Any questions see the contact page and give me a shout, Mark. 

Next Meeting 16th Feb 3pm Star and Shadow

Our next get together is booked for Sunday 16th February and starts at 3pm. We plan to work around what the next steps are and these may include listing other CLH projects we may like to visit, strategy for finding a suitable building, communications with orgs and people who we may enlist for support, tech help and funding... or anything else you decide we may need to do over the next couple of months. 

We will also provide an intro for anyone who needs it, so whether you have signed up or not you are welcome to come along. 

We aim to finish around 4pm although happy to stay longer if we choose to. 

First Meeting Jan 29th

We had our first meeting for this project at The Star and Shadow Cinema on Wednesday 29th January at 5.30pm.

Around 35 people showed up and there was a tangible feeling of enthusiasm in the room for the ideas we shared and discussed.  Thanks to all who turned up and trusted us with their emails and contacts. I emailed the the group this evening (Sunday 2nd Feb). If you left your email and haven't received an email from me please let me know and I will get back to you. 

Our next meeting will happen in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile if you haven't already passed on your email and would like to be kept up to date on what we are up to just drop me an email of give me a text/call. Best wishes, Mark. 07765 27 27 59 

Background

I am currently working with a housing group and we are planning to set up and build a community led housing project.

The concept of community led housing (CLH) is designed to enable any group to create and run their own housing project.

 

There is currently funding to support any eligible group to put together a proposal and then to see through their plan. We have secured that funding. 

Each CLH project is different but shares a common aim and works on principles and values around how they want to live.

Our project aims to provide living spaces for around 12 people. Each person will have their own living space and there may be some shared space too. This may include a shared entrance lobby a laundry and cycle parking. There will also be studio workspace in the building too. This means that creatives can live and work in the same space for a very affordable price. 

The details of the final plan will be decided by those who join our group as members. These members will form a group based on an agreed format and eventually those who live in the building will make decisions around how the building is managed on an agreed process. 

Each member/tenant will pay an affordable rent that will be set as low as possible. Using these rents the group will pay off the mortgage on the building and as they progress they will decide  how much they want to reinvest in the building. 

This project aims to provide affordable living and working spaces for creative people drawn from our local community. They will be very actively involved in designing and creating the building with support from a facilitator and a team of professionals such as surveyors, architects and builders.


The building will be a regenerative project and aims to operate within the principles of the circular economy model. The building will be carbon neutral and all materials used will be recycled and/or locally sourced. 

 

My commitment to this project comes from my belief that a community is best when all those involved feel that they have the right to make decisions and to have access to what they need to live well.

 

I feel that the current model of community based upon private ownership and individual material wellbeing, regardless of the cost to the wider community, is unsustainable and dehumanises most of those who help create that community.

 

If you would like to find out more about what we are doing and how we access the funding and support that we need, I am happy to share my experience. Info here; Contacts.

 

 

  


 

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