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Competition: Housing Helps

Reeds Watts' contest-winning scheme
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Commonweal Housing has launched an ideas contest for new forms of housing to tackle acute housing need in the UK

The competition is open to all organisations, research bodies and charities and will award £10,000 for a feasibility study into an innovative housing solution to combat a specific form of social injustice. The contest calls for proposals for an area of social research where housing could be part of the solution.

The Housing Helps competition comes a year after Reeds Watts won an earlier Commonweal contest to create temporary living spaces for homeless Romanian migrants in north London. Its winning scheme (pictured) used surplus construction materials to create low-tech pods.

Commonweal Housing chief executive Ashley Horsey said: ‘Our Housing Helps competition is aimed at encouraging innovation and creativity in using housing as a solution to solving social injustices. It doesn’t matter what the social injustice is, what is key is that the solution is innovative, and housing focused.

‘Our last competition received a lot of interest with entries from across the country and some incredibly interesting proposals, so we’re looking forward to seeing what Housing Helps will deliver.’

Commonweal Housing is a privately funded charity, which delivers bespoke housing solutions for target groups suffering social injustices. The group aims to identify prototype solutions that can be scaled up for wider application across the country.

The deadline for applications is 31 January.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Commonweal Housing
Unit 311
The Blackfriars Foundry
156 Blackfriars Road

Tel: 020 7199 8390
Email: info@commonweal.org.uk 

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