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First community housing guide launched in Scotland

9 November 2022

First community housing guide launched in Scotland

The first guide in Scotland to support community organisations undertake their own housing or development projects is now available online.

The Routemap resource was launched by the Communities Housing Trust who created the guide in partnership with communities across Scotland, with funding support from the Nationwide Foundation.

Recognising that taking on a community-led housing project can feel overwhelming and complicated, particularly for communities with limited time and resources, it is intended to help demystify and map out the main stages of the process.

Community-led housing is about local people playing a leading and fundamental role in solving their specific housing problems, creating long-term, affordable homes and strong, resilient communities in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing alone.

In Scotland, community-led housing is supported by the Scottish Government through the Rural and Islands Housing Fund which was set up in 2016 and enables community groups to access grants to part-fund community-led housing projects.

The Routemap guide and accompanying film case studies are available to view and download on the Communities Housing Trust’s website: