Alternative Models of Ownership: risks and opportunities for community-led housing

20 September 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Friends Meeting House, Manchester M2 5NS
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Speakers: Rebecca Long-Bailey MP; Neil McInroy, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES); Stephen Hill, National CLT Network and UK Cohousing Trust


What does Labour’s Alternative Models of Ownership report and new financing from the current Conservative administration mean for the community-led housing movement? How far do these moves signify a cross-party moment of political opportunity or is recent rhetoric likely to result, in reality, in watered down versions of community ownership and governance? How can we ensure that new agendas for greater community leadership and control remain substantive and are provided with the necessary levels of investment and support infrastructure? And which of these alternative models are most likely to sustain themselves over time and have the potential for scaling up? Come along for an evening of speakers and debate.

Greater Manchester Housing Co-operatives: Past, Present & Future    26 April 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm                 Co-ops UK, Holyoake House, Manchester  M60 0AS

Cohousing: potential and challenges
21 June 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Mechanics Institute (main hall), Manchester M1 6DD

Community Land Trusts: the what, why and how
19 July 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Friends Meeting House (main hall), Manchester M2 5NS

Lessons from the Global South for community-led housing
1 November 2018 / 6.00-8.30pm
Upper Hall, Friends Meeting House, Manchester M2 5NS

Greater Manchester Community-led Housing Network launch
8 December 2018 / 1.00-4.30pm
Mechanics Institute (main hall), Manchester M1 6DD                          Note: this is a Saturday event

Housing Futures


Housing Futures is organising a series of monthly events throughout 2018 on a range of community-led housing models. These events are aimed both at building a Greater Manchester network of people, groups and organisations interested in promoting community-led housing, but also in thinking through the potential and challenges associated with community-led housing. We are particularly interested in thinking through what it has to offer low-income neighbourhoods amidst a crisis in housing availability and affordability in certain areas. We hope that the partnership will lay the foundations for a new regional hub for support and advice on community-led housing in Greater Manchester. We would like to thank Manchester Urban Institute at the University of Manchester for their sponsorship of the Housing Futures events programme.


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For more information about Housing Futures please contact: Hannah Berry, Housing Futures Steering Group Chair, at

For more information about the Realising Just Cities programme at the University of Sheffield please contact: Dr Sophie King, Realising Just Cities Research Fellow, at

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