In July last year, a new Homes England programme was launched to deliver the Community Housing Fund outside London. My Department has also funded a similar programme in London, which was launched in January and will be delivered by the Greater London Authority. Community groups and local authorities in all parts of England are now able to apply for capital and revenue funding to bring community-led housing schemes forward.
My Department has also made available £6 million to a consortium of the leading stakeholder groups within the community-led housing sector to expand and develop a network of professional technical advisors who will help guide community-based organisations through the process of instigating and developing local housebuilding projects. An initiative was therefore launched in February under the brand name Community Led Homes. I expect this initiative to be an important factor in helping realise the potential of the community-led housing sector and supporting the delivery of the Community Housing Fund.
Work is underway within Homes England and Greater London Authority to understand the potential demand for the Community Housing Fund over the next few years.