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Rethinking social housing

Welcome to Rethinking social housing.

It’s a crucial time for the social housing sector. Our housing crisis is as severe as it has ever been, the tragedy at Grenfell has thrust social housing into the spotlight and the government’s position on housing, and its approach to the social housing sector in particular, has changed significantly in recent months.

But what is the role and purpose of social housing today? What do people think social housing should be? What is the real value of social housing to society? How can providers make sure their work is relevant and responsive to the peoples’ housing needs? And how can government support social housing to maximise its potential to provide many of the solutions to our housing crisis?

These and other fundamental questions lie at the heart of Rethinking social housing.

Rethinking social housing puts the sector in the driving seat and combines original research and engagement with the sector, tenants, politicians and the public to explore fundamental questions about the future of social housing.

Find out more about the project here.

You can also find out the latest news and views and, crucially, how you can get involved below.

We're proud to be sponsored by:

Latest news »

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  • 'Social housing must not be seen as a place of last resort' - Stuart Davies, Sovereign's divisional director, says it's time for us to redefine social housing - Read more
  • 'At time like this it's what we are and who we're for that really matters' - Riverside chief executive Carol Matthews says it is a crucial time for us to 'reclaim social housing' - Read more
  • 'It's critical people living and working in social housing help to shape it's future' - David Edwards, vice chair of PA Housing, says it's time to take the debate on social housing forward - Read more
  • 'I believe passionately in the value of social housing - but we could do so much more' - Brendan Sarsfield, chief executive of Peabody, one of our sponsors, says housing has failed to keep pace with the changing world around it - Read more
  • Major new CIH project will help to shape the future of social housing - the launch story for the project Read more 

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Do you work, live or are interested in social housing? Our Rethinking social housing workshops give you the chance to join the debate on the future of social housing. With our simple toolkit you can run the workshops  wherever you like and report your results back to us.

Want to find out more? Download our welcome to Rethinking social housing workshops guide. 

Want to have your say as an individual? Take part in our Rethinking social housing survey here.

Want to run a workshop? I's really simple and you can download all of the resources you need below:

Please return your results to us by 31 March 2018.