Enabling churches to address housing need
Hundreds of parishes across the Diocese respond to the issue of housing & homelessness, week in week out
Whether it’s Winter Night Shelters, soup kitchens, advice centres, or supporting those who find themselves homeless into stable longer term accommodation, churches play their part in London’s homelessness and housing issue.
Churches have also been involved in innovative pilots around Community Land Trusts, and using their land to building genuinely affordable homes for their local community.
We’re committed to supporting parishes as they serve this need, as well as looking at structural solutions to London’s housing crisis: seeking affordable, safe homes for all Londoners.
We know also that housing is linked to so many other social issues, so we’re linking our work to areas such as mental health, those seeking asylum, and supporting people into work.
We are working in partnership with some brilliant partner organisations, with huge expertise and long experience of working to end homelessness across our city.
Coming Home: the Report from the Archbishop’s Commission on Housing, Home and Community
A full summary of this report and our response to it is here
The Right Revd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington is Deputy Chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community. The Commission was launched in April 2019 with the remit of re-imagining housing policy. It comprises of ten commissioners drawn from the church, the housing sector, business and local government.
As well as making recommendations for Government and other key actors in the housing market, it was tasked with looking at what actions the Church of England could take, in partnership with others, to help tackle the crisis at local, regional, and national level.
Over the past two years, they have reviewed academic and policy research and spent extensive time talking to people who are living at the sharp end of the housing crisis. As well as learning directly from dioceses and local parishes, who have direct experience of tackling these issues, we have also talked with Government, think tanks, charities and industry professionals.
The housing crisis is neither accidental nor inevitable. If we, as a society, want to resolve it, if we are willing to share the cost more evenly, and if we implement the recommendations outlined in the report over a sustained period of time, then we will create homes and communities that are truly sustainable, safe, stable, sociable and satisfying for us all.
You can read more about the Commissions’ work here
Bishop Graham and Malcom Brown have recently published a book based on the themes of the Commission: “Coming Home”- Christian perspectives on housing can be purchased here, along with a Grove Booklet “Why Should the Church Care About Housing?” which can be purchased here
Winter Night Shelters
Information on our work to support the Winter Night Shelter Network across the Diocese