The Hub is initially funded by the Mayor of London, with the support of several London boroughs and CDS Co-operatives (CDS). The idea and concept for a Hub has been developed in collaboration with the existing community-led housing sector and other stakeholders who want to see this sector thrive.
The Hub will focus on delivering homes quickly and cost effectively – addressing the key barriers to growth and making the most of existing resources, skills, and experience by making it easier to for stakeholders to share, collaborate and learn from each other. The Hub will provide organisations with information, capacity building and technical support. It will also help to establish partnerships between organisations and funders, landowners and others.
Why do we Need a Hub?
There are several identified barriers to maximising the potential of community-led housing. These include access to land, funding, technical and business planning expertise. Research has shown that local hubs offering a ‘one stop shop’ for advice, signposting, networking, and practical support are highly effective in supporting sustainable growth.
London is a unique and diverse environment in which to deliver homes, with challenges and opportunities unlike anywhere else in the country. The Hub will work with and for a wide range of stakeholders – communities and groups, sector bodies, local authorities, funders, commissioners, planners, landowners, housing associations and technical experts – to make it easier to navigate this landscape and to deliver more homes for London.