The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Housing Commission is building a new vision for housing based on Christian values. Here, Prof Tim Gorringe (Professor of Theology at the University of Exeter) explains why sustainability must be at the heart of this.
One of the biggest barriers to housing is the tenancy deposit. Churches realised that for relatively little money they could help a lot of people at risk of homelessness, by setting up the Southampton Churches Rent Deposit Scheme.
In 2019, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, launched his Commission on Housing, Church and Community to bring a Christian perspective to the housing crisis. We’ve worked with the Centre for Theology and Community and the Roman Catholic Church to produce Unless the Lord Builds the House – a new five-week course of prayer, reflection and action, on Christian faith and housing.
Ambleside Methodists took the brave decision to give up their building to go on a new journey with the Anglicans. This allowed their old building to be turned into social housing, while creating a new community centre and keeping both churches going.
Churches planning to use their land and buildings to help people priced out of the housing market are to be given specialist support under a new scheme.
Boaz Trust is a Christian charity which works with philanthropic investors to house refugees and asylum seekers. The Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission found out about their work.
The vice-chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission, the Right Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, has joined other London bishops in writing an open letter on rough sleeping to the Housing Secretary.
The housing crisis is being exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, told the Archbishop of Canterbury's Housing Commission about the issues his constituents are facing.
Ilford Salvation Army wanted to deal with homelessness in a more sustainable way than their nightshelter. Working with their local council, they constructed modular homes on a piece of land that was empty for five years.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community believes that churches are well placed to respond to housing need in their local area. Right now, this is more important than ever. That’s why we’re supporting Hope into Action’s ‘Call to Alms’. They’re asking church members and ministers to join a zoominar on the 3rd of June to discuss how churches can play an active role in meeting the growing need for supported housing. To find out more, see a letter below from their founder, Ed Walker.