Social and affordable housing

We want a system that creates more safe, secure and affordable homes for everyone to access regardless of their circumstances.

Social

Changing the housing market and improving people’s lives

There is a chronic shortage of housing in the UK, affecting thousands of people in different ways. There are rising levels of homelessness, quality affordable housing is in short supply, and vulnerable people, such as rough sleepers, people fleeing domestic abuse, and people with a disability, face a lack of suitable housing and the support they need.

Providing safe homes for women

Hull Women’s Network (HWN) offers specialist domestic abuse support, nursery provision, and access to safe and affordable housing across Hull. Property ownership lets HWN offer comfortable and safe homes for vulnerable women and children, making it possible for them to stabilise and rebuild their lives.

HWN received investment to buy 82 homes from Social and Sustainable Capital’s Social and Sustainable Housing fund, and its Community Investment Fund, which Big Society has invested £26 million across both funds. By buying homes to use as supported accommodation and move-on homes, the charity can support women for longer than two years. Time and money spent on grant applications can now be diverted to other resources.

The role of social impact investment

Social impact investing can play a significant role in addressing the housing crisis. It can help bring about changes to the system that can often feel hard to address and help increase the supply of affordable housing.

We invest alongside others in housing funds that increase the supply of quality social and affordable homes in the private rented sector. We work with specialist fund managers who buy, develop or refurbish homes for vulnerable or disadvantaged people. And to achieve long-term improvements to people’s lives, our partners work with expert social enterprises and charities who provide essential wraparound care and support.

  • £184m total invested by Big Society Capital
  • £1bn total invested by Big Society Capital and other investors alongside us
  • 5500 number of people our investments are projected to provide homes for

Safe and secure homes

Across our portfolio, organisations are supporting people through different kinds of housing tenure.

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