Thinkhouse is a free online library of research pieces, policy publications and case studies that propose ways to increase the amount and quality of the UK's housing stock and the related economic, social and community benefits of doing this. The site is curated by an independent panel of experts who select the best and most innovative reports for particular attention in our Must Read section. To promote and encourage a new generation of researchers the panel have created an Early Career Researcher's competition. Users can contact us to subscribe to the weekly email update and for speech writes we have a bite size facts page.
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Good homes for all: A proposal to fix England's housing
This report reveals the findings from the Good Home Inquiry, supported by the Centre for Ageing Better, that was set up in 2020 to investigate the causes of the crisis of poor-quality housing in England and determine potential policy solutions.
Delivering the community led housing pipeline in England
This report estimates that in early 2021, across England, there were around 650 active community led housing projects. These projects are planning an estimated 12,000 homes. Our projections are based on information provided by enabler hubs, using assumptions about the number of projects operating without hub support. Planned homes are focused on tenures supported by the Affordable Homes Programme (AHP), with an estimated 82% of homes planned as Affordable Rent, Shared Ownership or Social Rent.
Rethinking Housing Supply and Design
Housing is fundamental to life, security and wellbeing as well as tackling climate change and working towards a zero-carbon future. It also remains a key site of gender and intersectional inequality, with design that does not accommodate diverse needs or care responsibilities, with mortgages and rents out of reach, and a suburban ideal that requires a car for daily living and can isolate women and children in the home.
Housing in Europe 2021
This report is an opportunity to shed light on young people who, especially when they are poor, are more affected than the rest of the population by poor housing, even before the current health crisis. It also takes stock of the wave of poverty affecting all of Europe, more than a year after the start of the pandemic.
A decent place to live: Homes fit for Key Workers
This report finds, that the role of local councils in directly providing new homes has been systematically undermined for decades, leaving housing supply to a failing market system. The lack of supply and the interface with land values has a direct impact on the numbers of affordable homes available for workers to rent or buy.