We’re Supporting The Rural Housing Summit

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We’re sponsoring the Rural Housing Summit in 2021, which will bring together individuals and organisations working to tackle the rural housing crisis.

This new online event will take place from Monday 22 to Friday 26 February and is being organised by Rural Housing Scotland who are working with UN-Habitat, Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE), Irish Rural Link and rural housing enablers in Wales.  The event will provide a platform to share best practice in addressing the housing challenges faced by rural communities throughout the UK.

Ecology has sponsored Rural Housing Scotland’s conference for the last couple of years and the summit marks an exciting expansion of their flagship event to include sector representatives from across the home nations.

We are working to support rural communities through our sustainable lending.  As well as a policy of not financing second homes which raise local house prices making them unaffordable for local people we’re helping to deliver permanently affordable energy efficient housing.

Jon Lee, Ecology’s Community and Business Manager explains why we’re supporting the Summit,

“We’re excited to be working with Rural Housing Scotland again to support their expanded Summit at this crucial time for the rural housing sector across the UK.   Ecology specialises in supporting projects which respect the environment and enable sustainable communities to flourish.  We look forward to sharing our experience of supporting people powered housing and other community owned assets as well as learning from others at the Summit.”

The conference is free to attend and you can find out more and book your attendance here.

Ecology’s Jon Lee who leads on our support for community led housing is speaking in two sessions:

  • Funding Q&A

Jon joins a panel of other funding experts to answer 45 minutes of quick-fire questions on funding rural homes from 4.30 pm on Thursday 25 February. To book your place click here.

  • Funding routes for community-led housing

Jon is joining speakers from CAF Venturesome and Community Shares Scotland to discuss some of the options for rural communities to fund new homes to meet local housing need.  To book your place click here.

Published: 19 February 2021

Author: Chris Meadows