Quakers in Britain have been actively engaged in promoting social housing for over a hundred years. We are long-term advocates of good quality and affordable housing for all.

Home ownership is not always right for everyone, nor at every stage of our lives. Social housing is an important option for secure housing in the choices available to everyone.

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    Resource

    Quaker Housing Trust fiftieth year work review 2017

    See a PDF outlining the projects Quaker Housing Trust funded in its fiftieth year of practical witness.

    A practical response

    Quaker Housing Trust was created in 1967 as a channel through which Quakers can give or lend their own money for social housing. The Trust funds practical elements of housing projects through grants and interest free loans, and also offers grants relating to good practice and development. Quaker Housing Trust also supports Quaker meetings to provide social housing using their properties.

    An example of how this works can be seen in a recent project from West Kent Quakers in Tunbridge Wells. Over the course of nine years West Kent Quakers have accessed grants from Quaker Housing Trust, their council and a local YMCA to convert their Meeting House into flats for homeless young people. They are now able to offer two year tenancies to nine young people, while they get back on their feet. Read more about their story in their local newspaper (offsite link).

    Please note: Quaker Housing Trust is unable to offer advice or financial help to individuals.

    Addressing housing policy

    Housing and housing policy do not exist in a vacuum. They are part of the whole social and economic life of the nation: housing is one of the few areas that affects everyone all the time. The housing concern is not 'just about' housing. We oppose the proposal to extend right to buy to all social and charitable housing without guarantees that the affordable rented housing will be fully replaced.

    We are addressing the Housing and Planning Bill currently going through Parliament, focusing on the proposals to reform right to buy. We are concerned about the possible negative effect upon social housing for rent, and that the reforms will increase inequality between those who are homeowners and those who are not.

    Enquiries about our work addressing housing legislation should be directed to Jessica Metheringham, Parliamentary Engagement Officer: jessicam@quaker.org.uk.

    The spiritual concern

    Quakers believe that a secure home with adequate space and amenities is an essential foundation for individuals and households to grow. It is a vital part of making true community. This concern is firmly rooted in our spiritual lives and our understanding that housing is inextricably related to poverty, unemployment, health, education, prejudice and other causes of social marginalisation.

    Quaker Housing Trust has produced a booklet on Housing - Our spiritual concern, which offers a way of exploring how we ourselves might contribute towards radical change in the housing situation.


    Listen to the Q:Witness podcast about housing

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    Contact us

    About Quaker Housing Trust:
    Paula Harvey
    Quaker Housing Trust Secretary
    020 7663 1036
    involveme@qht.org.uk

    About the Housing and Planning Bill:
    Jessica Metheringham
    Parliamentary Engagement Officer
    020 7663 1107
    jessicam@quaker.org.uk