The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister published Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England on 21 November 2011, an important part of which is its strategy for tackling empty properties.
The strategy, as part of the Government’s wider approach to housing outlines a number of tools, approaches and potential resources for tackling empty properties, including £100m capital funding from within the 2012-15 Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
This funding has been set aside to tackle long term empty properties which would not come back into use without additional financial intervention. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will be making between £10m and £30m of the £100 million programme available for the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme. The funding is intended to deliver at least 3,300 affordable homes by March 2015, as well as providing an opportunity to foster new approaches and innovation to do more.
Tribal Education Ltd will be administering the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme on behalf of the DCLG.
Who should bid?
Community and voluntary groups who are either:
• A registered charity;
• A limited company, being either a company limited by guarantee or an registered industrial and provident society. The latter being either a society for the benefit of the community (e.g. housing association model) or one for the benefit of its members (e.g. a housing co-operative)
• A community interest company; An organisation of another type operating as a social enterprise and principally reinvesting their surpluses for social benefit; or
• Small community based Registered Providers, with less than 150 permanent units who are not part of an existing development partnership and not in receipt of housing subsidy grant
Type of properties which may be brought back into use:
• The funding available may be used to bring empty homes and other types of property, including commercial property, into use as affordable housing.
• The funding may be used to acquire or lease properties currently in the ownership of: public bodies e.g. health authorities; government departments eg Ministry of Defence; unregistered landlords and co-operatives which are not subsidiaries of Registered Providers; and private individual(s) or companies
• Empty Homes which have previously been let as social housing and which have already been subject to public housing subsidy (e.g. empty local authority or Registered Provider stock) are not eligible for funding. If applicants are unclear about the eligibility
To read the application guidance, visit: www.communities.gov.uk/documents/housing/pdf/2073102.pdf.
Deadline: Tuesday 17 April 2012, 17:00