Get involved in Empty Homes Week - 15 to 21 October

Dear EH Network members,

Empty Homes Week 2018 - Monday 15 October to Sunday 21 October

Every year, local authorities see Empty Homes Week as an opportunity to organise events and put out information so that people in their area know the advice and assistance that is available locally to tackle empty homes. Empty Homes Week is also the chance to celebrate successes and reflect on what more needs to be done to bring empty properties back into use to help meet housing needs and to address the concerns of residents about neighbourhood blight.

Why not take the following action for Empty Homes Week?

1.    Use the Empty Homes Week logo at your events and in your information to help ensure that everything that happens that Week comes together to make a bigger voice for action to tackle the waste of empty homes.

Email info@emptyhomes.com and we will send you the 2018 Empty Homes Week logo.

2.    Let us know what you are planning for Empty Homes Week so that we can link to it. We are happy to hear about it at any point. But, if you can tell us in advance that would be great. 

Email info@emptyhomes.com to let us know

 Empty Homes in England

Our 2018 edition of Empty Homes in England analyses and explains the latest official data available on long-term empty homes in England. There are still over 200,000 long-term (more than six months) empty homes in England with an increase of over 5,000 recorded by local authorities in the year to October 2017. You can download the full report here:

http://www.emptyhomes.com/assets/ehe_2018_web-version.pdf

Recommendations for local authorities

Empty Homes in England includes these recommendations for local authorities:

1. Local authorities should have an empty homes strategy for their area, with the aspiration to reduce the number of long-term empty homes. The plan should include arrangements for working in partnership with other housing providers and community-based organisations.

2. Local authorities and social housing providers should seek funding and allocate resources to buy and refurbish empty properties for people in housing need.

3. Local authorities should take a casework approach with owners of long-term empty properties to encourage, advise and support them to bring homes back into housing use. Employing dedicated empty homes staff can ensure that the council is able to act on information about empty homes, and build up expertise in working with owners, including taking enforcement action where necessary.

If you are interested in discussing this work please email: will.mcmahon@emptyhomes.com   

Community-based approaches in areas with high levels of empty homes

Empty Homes has a project, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, to spread community-based regeneration in areas with high levels of empty homes. We are following demonstration projects where community-based organisations are bringing empty homes into use in partnerships with local authorities. We want to understand what works and the challenges these organisations face. We also want to share their experiences to encourage other people to look at how community-based regeneration could work in their neighbourhoods.

You can find out more at: http://www.emptyhomes.com/community-based-approaches.html

If you are interested in discussing the work of the demonstration projects please email: brighid.carey@emptyhomes.com   

The Coalition for Community Investment

In July we launched our Coalition for Community Investment in areas with high levels of empty homes funded by the Oak Foundation. The Coalition is our campaign calling for targeted government finance to be available to support under-invested areas with high levels of empty homes. This broad-based coalition of housing-related organisations ranges from the Residential Landlords Association and Propertymark, through the Federation of Master Builders, National Housing Federation and the Northern Housing Consortium to Crisis and Shelter. For more information see:  http://www.emptyhomes.com/community-investment-campaign.html

If you are interested in finding out more about this campaign or joining the coalition, please email:  chris.bailey@emptyhomes.com   

Find out more about the work of Empty Homes

Empty Homes is a charitable organisation that aims to raise awareness of the waste of empty homes and to research, develop and campaign for the adoption of ideas that enable more properties to be brought into use to meet England’s housing needs. To find out more visit: http://www.emptyhomes.com/index.html