Why I’m involved with Leeds Community Homes – Gill Coupland

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As our community share offer draws to a close – and the hard work to create People Powered Homes really begins, some of Leeds Community Homes founder members share a personal perspective on why they got involved – and what their hopes are for the years ahead.  Today’s post is by Gill Coupland.

 

I’ve worked on social issues for the last 12 years, mainly health, social care and housing.  I run Social Business Brokers with Rob Greenland – working mainly on the Empty Homes Doctor service which we set up four years ago.  I also helped to set up – and am still involved with – Angels Community Enterprises – one of the first Community Interest Companies in the country, which has been providing care services and domestic services to people in Leeds since 2005.

Empty Homes Doctor – free support for empty home owners in Leeds from Empty Homes Doctor on Vimeo.

There are lots of reasons to be concerned about our housing market including: not enough homes, not enough good quality, affordable, sustainable homes and the fact that a very small number of developers control almost our entire housing supply.

All of those things need to be tackled and I truly think the way to do it is by putting people at the centre of house building.  We need more people to be involved in creating the homes and communities in which they live.  That way people will come together to build houses that suit their lifestyle, houses they can afford both to buy and to run.  They will be creative and innovative and they will be engaged in their communities because they helped to build them.

It’s a big vision – but we’ve got to start somewhere and nationally the community-led housing ‘movement’ is gaining huge traction.  It’s not a new idea – we just seem to be in need of it now more than ever.

Leeds Community Homes – creating People Powered Homes in Leeds from Leeds Community Homes on Vimeo.

 

It’s important, if you’re considering investing, that you don’t rely on information we share in these blogposts. If you’re considering investing, please visit either our Ethex profile, or the share offer page on our website.  There you will find detailed information on the share offer, our plans, our more detailed business plan, and the Rules of Leeds Community Homes.  And of course, if you have any questions, please get in touch with us.