This case studies report has been produced by the Housing and Communities Research Group at the University of Birmingham.
It presents a programme of research, funded by BSHF and the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), to evaluate the impact of the Empty Homes Community Grants Programme (EHCGP) in the English Midlands. The aim of the research was also to build on existing knowledge about the self-help housing sector and its expansion.
This baseline study identifies the scale and nature of existing self-help housing projects in the Midlands. It explores the barriers and enablers to expansion of the sector, the wider community benefits and the direct outputs of the EHCG programme in terms of empty homes brought into use. The report also begins to assess the impact of the EHCGP on the national map of the sector and on the sustainability of individual projects.
Further information about this research is available from the Housing and Communities Research Network website.