This is where a group of men and women in housing need join forces and become involved in the planning, design and building of their own homes.
As a group, provided that your members are in housing need, you are able to access funds via housing associations. The other advantages are:
- Being involved in the planning, building and design of your homes
- Knowing in advance where you will be living – to plan for schools etc.,
- Lower housing and running costs
- Living within a supportive community
- Having an opportunity to learn a range of skills
For those without substantial savings and a job it is difficult to raise funds for the building of an individual home.
Ideally, keep your initial membership to no more than 6 people, because you cannot be certain what size of site/building will be available. Most groups should aim to build between 6 and 15 homes. Below 6, there are too few homes over which to spread costs such as site supervision. Above 15, it becomes increasingly difficult for the group to keep together as a team.