Housing Justice

Church and Community Night Shelter Project (CCNS)

At Housing Justice we have tried and tested a scalable solution to deliver more affordable housing in Wales with our Faith in Affordable Housing project (FIAH). This project helps churches with surplus land or buildings to partner with housing associations to develop affordable housing.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (294666)

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  • ‚ÄúThank you for the fantastic work that Housing Justice and the Church Winter Night Shelters do. I have been impressed by the work you have been leading across the country to make church and community night shelters genuine places of change for those who do not have anywhere else to go.‚Äù

    — Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Communities and Local Government and Minister for Faith January 2017

  • ‚ÄúChurch Night Shelters play an integral role in providing a safety net for homeless and vulnerable people ‚Äì many provide that additional vital link, especially when working closely with the local outreach teams and hostels and other supported housing projects"

    — Gary Messenger, Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Homeless Link

  • “Thank you for the fantastic work that Housing Justice and the Church Winter Night Shelters do. I have been impressed by the work you have been leading across the country to make church and community night shelters genuine places of change for those who do not have anywhere else to go.”

    — Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Communities and Local Government and Minister for Faith January 2017

  • “Church Night Shelters play an integral role in providing a safety net for homeless and vulnerable people – many provide that additional vital link, especially when working closely with the local outreach teams and hostels and other supported housing projects"

    — Gary Messenger, Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Homeless Link

Situation

250,000 new homes need to be built each year to accommodate the housing need across the UK. Last year only half of these homes were built. There is strong evidence that homelessness is increasing throughout Wales. During 2016-17, 9,210 households were assessed as threatened with homelessness and 10,884 households were assessed as being homeless and owed a duty to help secure accommodation.

Solution

Across the main denominations in Wales, approximately 200 church buildings become redundant each year, and this number is likely to rise. In addition, there are many church halls, vicarages and other buildings owned by churches that become redundant. Rather than selling these church sites on the open market, churches can provide affordable homes for