Secure, safe, healthy and affordable homes are the rock bed of any resilient economy. This section contains resources from experts about ways to provide housing for resilient and regenerative communities in Devon and beyond fit for the 21st century. These resources would suit local authorities, community groups and individuals looking for ideas, inspiration and expertise turn the housing crisis in Devon around.
The housing crisis has worsened during the covid-19 pandemic with rising house and rental prices but we know that it has been a growing problem for the last several years where house prices went from £3,000 to over £100,000 in just one generation. In some parts of Devon 2nd homes are on the increase and people and families are struggling to continue living and working where they grew up or near their support network being pushed out by skyrocketing living costs, seasonal work, zero hour contracts and limited supply of secure housing.
We include a lot of resources about 'community-led housing' below. Community- led housing allows local people to take control of their housing and create alternatives to the limited choices offered by the current housing market. Approaches include self-build, cohousing and housing co-operatives, all developed and run by local people working together, sometimes this includes partnerships between community groups, anchor institutions like local authorities an other community partners.
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