The programme — which boosts council capacity through the provision of independent expertise for councils undertaking specific projects to tackle the effects of the housing crisis in local communities, including on housing delivery, planning for homes, and reducing homelessness — has opened for bids today.
In the previous four years, the LGA has supported more than 125 projects across England, helping councils build homes, reduce homelessness and rough sleeping, plan for ageing populations, understand the student housing market, and increase supply of modular housing.
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This year, it is set to prioritise projects that will assist councils and their communities in the direct delivery of new housing, and will award up to £20,000 to each project.
Best practice and lessons learned from each undertaking will be shared with councils and embedded into the sector support programme, which is delivered by the LGA and funded by government.
“Councils want to be able to play a key role in building new homes and tackling our housing shortage, which will be a central part of the recovery from the pandemic,” said David Renard, LGA housing spokesperson.
“The pandemic has demonstrated the importance and value of having a safe, secure and high quality place to live.
“We would recommend councils take a look at the programme as there are ways it can bring benefits to every local area.”