Community investment: The growing role for housing associations

Edited by Tim Dwelly

Tim Dwelly draws together the deliberations of a working group of practitioners and policy-makers to consider what steps government could take to produce a new coherent, effective and sustainable approach.

The report is intended to stimulate debate and provoke thinking on the next stages in the evolution of housing associations. The report is in two halves. The first five chapters detail funding arrangements which would put housing association community investment on a sustainable footing. The second five demonstrate what housing associations could then achieve for their own communities in return, and how they could contribute to government policy.

This new thrust towards 'community investment' rather than property investment is likely to be the next stage for social landlords. Many will welcome the challenge of a bigger role as facilitators of community-based neighbourhood renewal.

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