Grant - £300million generally
New research from David Mullins and Halima Sacranie at the School of Social Policy, Birmingham University, spells out in detail the achievements of community housing organisations funded through the government's Community Grants Programme for empty homes.
This page includes the research reports into the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme, currently including the following:
- WP3-2015 (Research into the Yorks and Humberside and North East projects)
- WP2-2015 (Research into the West Midlands projects - baseline report)
This is a Written Answer to a question asked by one of the Kent MPs, who is aware of the achievements of the Kent No Use Empty Initiative.
The government's lack of appetite for further empty homes funding has become apparent from a number of sources.
The Empty Homes Agency has produced a report about the numbers of empty homes in England, making recommendations for some key measures to bring the numbers down. The Agency has for many years been the custodian of figures about empty homes in England: but this beautifully-written report by Helen Williams is the first attempt for a more user-friendly approach to the statistics, featuring useful maps and clearly-written explanations of both methodology and interpretation.
CLG has confirmed that the bidding guidelines for a share of the £300million boost to affordable housing and empty homes will be published shortly and that the bidding will not close until late March. An email from Sally Turner sent to EHN today states:
Bidding for the share of the £300m will open shortly for the empty homes funding - it's just being finalised and cleared. There will be a long lead in period with bidding closing on 25 March 2013 and it won't be awarded on a first come first served basis so not need to panic.