Housing Solutions

Housing Solutions

This category is divided into the following sections: 1). Housing Action, 2). Housing Co-op Networks, 3). Co-op Support, 4). Homelessness Action, 5). Self-Build, 6). Squatting, 7). Travellers, 8). Environmentally-Conscious Housing, &  9). Other Alternatives:

Housing Action:

Defend Council Housing: http://www.defendcouncilhousing.org.uk/dch/

Empty Homes Agency:   http://www.emptyhomes.com/

Housing Repossessions Advice:   http://www.housingrepossessions.co.uk/

London Coalition Against Poverty – do casework to prevent gatekeeping by council housing departments: http://www.lcap.org.uk/

National Tenant Voice: http://www.hays.com/jobs/ntv/

 (For emergency advice on debt, benefits, legal issues and housing, contact ‘Citizens’ Advice Bureau’: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ ).

Housing Co-op Networks:

Confederation of Co-operative Housing: http://www.cch.coop/

Radical Routes – a network of independent co-operatives working for social change: http://www.radicalroutes.org.uk/

Rootstock – social investment society (part of Radical Routes): http://www.rootstock.org.uk/


Co-op Support:

Catalyst Collective: http://www.catalystcollective.co.uk/

Co-operative Assistance Network Limited (CAN): http://www.can.coop/

Upstart – a workers’ cooperative that helps to start up & support social enterprises:  http://www.upstart.coop/

Homelessness Action:

Centrepoint – Charity that provides emergency accommodation, support, information and training for homeless young people in London:   http://www.centrepoint.org.uk/

Groundswell – a UK self-help network for the homeless: http://www.groundswell.org.uk/

Homeless Front UK – Out of the Doorways Campaign:  http://squat.net/homelessfront/?q=contact

Homeless Link – national membership organisation for frontline homelessness agencies in UK: http://www.homeless.org.uk/

Homeless People’s Network (USA info-board):  http://aspin.asu.edu/hpn/

Pavement Magazine (UK) – free magazine for homeless people in London & Scotland: http://www.thepavement.org.uk/

Shelter – Largest UK charity- campaigns on housing issues, law reform etc. has advice helplines (doesn’t recognise squatting): http://england.shelter.org.uk/



Self-Build Land For Sale in the UK:  http://www.selfbuildland.co.uk/index.asp

Self-Help Housing – dedicated to promoting and supporting self-help housing initiatives:



Advisory Service For Squatters:   http://www.squatter.org.uk/

Bristol Housing Action Network: http://www.public-interest.co.uk/bham/

 Squash campaign (raising awareness about issues related to Gov’t proposals to criminalise squatting): http://www.squashcampaign.org/


Friends, Families & Travellers: http://www.gypsy-traveller.org/law/tat.htm
London Gypsy Traveller Unit: http://www.lgtu.org.uk/index.php

The Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform Coalition:   http://www.travellerslaw.org.uk/

Environmentally-Conscious Housing:

Building a Cob House – practical demonstration by Adam Weismann & Katy Bryce (Cob is a mixture of clay, sand & straw). View here at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5w3UdHioXs

Construction Resources (an eco-building merchant): www.ecoconstruct.com

Green Builder (links to matters of green building interest in the UK): www.greenbuilder.co.uk

Green Building Bible: www.greenbuildingbible.co.uk

Green Moves (dedicated to advertising homes for sale that are more energy efficient than conventional homes ): www.greenmoves.co.uk

Green Refurb Ltd (aim to improve energy efficiency and minimise the environmental impact of existing property stock): www.greenrefurb.co.uk

Hockerton Housing Project is the UK’s first earth sheltered, self-sufficient ecological housing development: http://www.hockertonhousingproject.org.uk/

Natural Building Technologies (an eco-building merchant): www.natural-building.co.uk

Straw bale building: www.strawbale-building.co.uk

Straw bale Building Association: www.strawbalebuildingassociation.org.uk

Sustainable Homes (promote awareness of sustainable development issues and good practice, and encourages housing associations and other registered social landlords to adopt environment friendly policies and practices): www.sustainablehomes.co.uk

Walter Segal Self Build Trust: www.segalselfbuild.co.uk

ZED Factory (a range of tools to support sustainable development schemes, including: design, product specification, best value for appropriate products, and use of tried and tested innovative environmental technologies): www.zedfactory.com

(see more land-based projects under ‘Sustainable Land-based Solutions’)

Other Alternatives:

Space Makers Network – reusing empty spaces for work & play: http://spacemakers.ning.com/