The People and Groups
BHCLT is a grassroots movement, made up of lots of different community-led housing groups. They work in partnership with groups, based on the level of support that they need, to identify and develop their own housing solutions. BHCLT want to enable projects to happen rather than doing it all themselves because it builds skills, experience, knowledge, power and resources across the city.
The people provide the ongoing voluntary contribution required to drive a project forward, both in the initial absence of capital, and over the lifespan of the project. Once the housing is ready, groups move in and share collective control and ownership of the scheme going forward. This includes management of rental income, responsibility for repairs and maintenance (often including some levels of DIY themselves) and decisions over group matters and communal facilities. BHCLT continue to work closely with groups, particularly in the initial years, to ensure good management of the project, any support needs that arise, and to address problems early and together. This ongoing group process and input is part of what makes it possible to maintain affordable rents and makes community-led housing different.