Guide launched on using church land for affordable housing

The guide presents nine case studies from different denominations and from urban and rural areas.


President of Housing Justice Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said: "I am delighted to commend this initiative to all faith communities who are seeking to respond to the needs of the homeless or poorly housed.

"In both urban and rural areas there is evidence of spiralling hardship which can lead to the loss of a basic requisite of human dignity – shelter.

"As people of faith we are called to address injustice in all its forms. This research presents a practical resource for those considering a preferential option for the poor in their mission to the wider community."

Faith in Affordable Housing said it was intended to demonstrate practical Christian concern and action in the community at a time when many young people and low-income families were experiencing great hardship.

It also aims to give practical help to churches by sharing good practice and showing what can be done and provide solutions to some of the problems faced by churches wishing to develop affordable housing.

In addition it said it reconciled the dilemma faced by many churches – balancing social objectives such as valuing everyone, justice for the poor and placing morality before wealth with the pragmatic objectives of meeting the duties of trustees and maximising investment returns.

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