Housing Solutions Links

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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/



Building Log Cabins: https://www.projecttimber.com/resources/all-about-log-cabins/

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 Movement: http://www.public-interest.co.uk/bham/ bham-logo
Revived in 1984, Bristol Housing Action (BHAM) is a non- hierarchical collective of squatters and their supporters. We help provide housing and other support for homeless people.

We are committed to the opening of community spaces and to solidarity with existing social centres. We campaign against the privatisation of public land and housing and for the defence of public space.


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/

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