Rural Housing Week highlighting the importance of affordable homes

A campaign launched by by the National Housing Federation (NHF) to raise awareness on rural housing issues is running this week (11 – 17 July).

Housing associations up and down the country are using Rural Housing Week 2016 to promote the role affordable housing in helping to maintain small rural communities and highlight their innovative solutions to rural housing problems.

According to Two Castles Housing, which runs about 3,500 properties in the north of England, more than one in five English residents live in rural areas but only a fifth of the homes needed have been built in the past five years.

Rob Brittain, property services director at Two Castles, said:

“The NHF figures highlight just how much the rising costs of homes could threaten our rural communities, as local families increasingly find themselves priced out of the market. It’s vital that we do all we can to address the issue, by providing essential affordable housing.”

David Orr, chief executive of NHF, said:

“We have a huge opportunity to safeguard the future of our countryside to ensure our villages and market towns are living, breathing, dynamic economies with great jobs, great broadband and great places to live with new homes. I’m delighted that this year’s Rural Housing Week is shining a spotlight on the innovation of housing associations and their creative responses to tackling the housing crisis in our rural areas.”

Rural housing associations are encouraged to set up their own events or showcase their work and projects by using #RuralHousingWeek in their tweets.