Forest CLT are a group of families and individuals working to create affordable housing for residents of E10, E11 and E17.
Forest CLT was founded by local residents in 2018 with the mission of creating truly affordable, community-led housing and sustainable communities in Waltham Forest. The CLT was formed of two existing local groups, PCLP Co-op and Family Foundations, a group of self builders .
They have a growing membership of over 100 local residents of Waltham Forest, and share the CLT’s three main objectives:
- Build 100% affordable homes, protected in perpetuity
- Build a shared community hub to promote neighbourliness
- Build sustainably by sourcing energy efficient, sustainable, local resources
They are looking to a mixed tenure scheme that will provide homes for a diverse cross-section of the community. Their membership includes social and affordable housing tenants, private renters, owner-occupiers and people living with family or unable to have a place of their own. People are motivated to join either to find solutions for their own housing as well as others want to support the CLT’s objects and volunteer their time, knowledge and skills.
Forest CLT held their first AGM in November 2018 where members elected the board. They have a calendar of events that are free to attend including film screenings, codesign sessions and socials.
In early 2019, the group has been holding a series of co-design workshops for their first housing project. In addition, they’ve held free film screenings and socials to build community.
How we’re helping
We helped Forest CLT incorporate as a Community Benefit Society with the FCA in Summer 2018. We are currently helping them arrange training for the newly elected board, and have allocated funding for capacity studies, co-design sessions and financial modelling.