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Rethinking social housing

Welcome to Rethinking social housing.

It’s a crucial time for the social housing sector. Our housing crisis is as severe as it has ever been, the tragedy at Grenfell has thrust social housing into the spotlight and the government’s position on housing, and its approach to the social housing sector in particular, has changed significantly in recent months.

But what is the role and purpose of social housing today? What do people think social housing should be? What is the real value of social housing to society? How can providers make sure their work is relevant and responsive to the peoples’ housing needs? And how can government support social housing to maximise its potential to provide many of the solutions to our housing crisis?

These and other fundamental questions lie at the heart of Rethinking social housing.

Rethinking social housing puts the sector in the driving seat and combines original research and engagement with the sector, tenants, politicians and the public to explore fundamental questions about the future of social housing.

Find out more about the project here.

You can also find out the latest news and views and, crucially, how you can get involved below.

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  • 'If ever there was a time to re-evaluate social housing, it's now.' - Paul Hackett, the chief executive of Optivo, one of our sponsors, says it is a crucial time to ask some search questions about social housing - Read more
  • 'People who live and work in social housing must lead the debate on its future.' - CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat outlines what Rethinking social housing aims to achieve - Read more
  • Major new CIH project will help to shape the future of social housing - the launch story for the project Read more 

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You'll find a host of information and resources here soon - when we launch a part of the project which allows you to get directly involved and have your voice.

Until then if you are interested in finding out more or getting involved email us here.