Pye Green Christian Centre started out as a house-church in the 1990s. The house they were meeting in was empty, and this made them uncomfortable – it didn’t feel like the best use of space. They found someone who needed a home, and they let them live there. While this didn’t last long, a new mission for the church had been born: to house those in need.
This year everyone is invited to join in the online Project Lab 2020 final on 9th November at 7:30pm – a chance to find out about and support five church-led projects that are meeting local housing need in creative and effective ways. Please register here.
In the early 2000s, it was decided that some church land in Dent in the Yorkshire Dales could be used more strategically for generating income, while also serving the church’s mission directly. The diocese built two houses on the site, to be let exclusively to local people.
In 2016, the Right Revd Viv Faull, then Dean of York, was appointed as the chair of a Community Forum to steer the planning of the ‘masterplan’ for York Central. By the time Viv left York, the community forum had made decisions on key areas, and the planning application was being finalised.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community is looking at various different ways in which churches can meet housing need. This week, Mark Bennet, Team Rector at Thatcham in Berkshire, explains why we should hold almshouses in a higher regard.
The Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission believes that churches should engage with the planning system. When the Diocese of Leicester replied to the Leicestershire Strategic Growth Plan they found that it was very beneficial for them.
We need to reimagine how we respond to homelessness. It’s key that this discussion is led by those with lived experience of homelessness, and that’s why it’s great to see that the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptists, URC, Methodists and Church of Scotland are inviting them to the centre of their discussions.
Our houses are more than just financial assets. They’re more even that just our homes. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community believes that they’re valuable tools given to us by God. Nightstop is one way to do that.
West London Mission (WLM) has been empowering people affected by homelessness, poverty and trauma since 1887. Recently, though, an element has changed. Where previously they were just responding to crisis need, they’ve expanded to have a more preventative approach.
As explored last week by Professor Tim Gorringe, sustainability is crucial to the Christian vision for housing being discerned by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community. We hear from Mark Wild on how the Diocese of Worcester responded.