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Scaling-up or going viral? Comparing self-help housing and community land trust facilitation

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Tom Moore, David Mullins


Community-led housing organisations innovate in the resolution of local housing issues by adopting a specialised local focus and emphasising community leadership and engagement. In order to meet their objectives they require access to finance, skills and legitimacy; resources that are often secured through frameworks of intermediary support and external partnerships. This article uses two sector-based case studies of community land trusts (CLTs) and self-help housing to explore the importance and effect of intermediary support in securing access to these resources. These sectors have grown in size and importance in recent years through different forms of intermediation that replicate community-led housing in different locations. The article compares the 'scaling-up' of CLTs and the viral spread of self-help housing, highlighting differences in the emphasis that each approach places on community leadership and links with technical experts. We then discuss the implications of this for future housing initiatives and wider relevance for facilitating community-led innovation.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-353
JournalVoluntary Sector Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

    Research areas

  • community housing, localism, facilitation, innovation, third sector

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