You may have seen the campaign to renew the Community Housing Fund (CHF) nationally, and this is now important with the London CHF due to close soon. Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State, and Chris Pincher MP, Housing Minister, can include the CHF renewal in their departmental budget for 2022-25, by the end of March. They both support the CHF in principle, but need to put money behind it. Nationally, the ask is for £45 million in revenue funding for projects and £7.5 million of capital funding for non-standard affordable tenures.
If you’re a community led housing group developing a project, write to your MP today asking them to lobby on your behalf. You can find their email and how to refer to them in this directory.
In your letter, keep a formal tone, tell your MP about your project, what you hope to achieve and how critical the Community Housing Fund has been and will be to your success. Attach and mention the Community Housing Fund Briefing, which covers the CHF’s successes including case studies and outlines the asks. Ask your MP to write to Michael Gove MP asking that he renew the Community Housing Fund, citing your project. Letters from MPs have a huge impact on ministers.