Purpose of the Hub
The Hub has been established to provide essential support for communities across Sussex wishing to pursue successful community led housing projects.
Its aim is to increase the supply of community led housing, primarily affordable homes, to meet local needs in the areas covered by the partner local authorities.
This is achieved through advice, support and guidance – increasing knowledge, developing skills and building capacity to realise development opportunities.
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Meet the Team
The Sussex Community Housing Hub Team
The Hub has been set up and is managed by Action in rural Sussex (AirS), an independent charity that exists for all people living in rural areas of Sussex, but especially those who are at risk of isolation and/or disadvantage, and for whom rural life brings an additional challenge and cost to their daily lives. Our specialist housing team comprises:
Tom Warder – Community Led Housing Manager
Tom is our Community Led Housing Manager at AirS where he has overseen the work on over thirty five neighbourhood plans across the region – including the first plan to pass a referendum in Sussex at Arundel.
He has enabled the delivery of 15 local needs affordable housing schemes across Sussex over the past ten years – a rural housing enabling service which evolved into the Sussex Community Land Trust Project in 2013 and the Sussex Community Housing Hub in 2017.
Tom provides technical support to a range of community led housing groups and projects from housing association partnerships to stand-alone CLTs.
Graham Maunders – Community Led Housing Advisor
Graham is our Community Led Housing Advisor, joining the team in September 2017 to help develop and deliver the Hub.
He has many years’ experience of working in housing – with local authorities, housing associations and community led regeneration programmes. Delivering a wide range of projects – including advice and support in relation to governance, strategy, management, development and community engagement.
Polly Eason – Community-led Housing Enabler
Polly has lived in Sussex since attending Sussex University and falling in love with the area. She has been involved in a number of successful community-led projects and social enterprises over the last 15 years with environmentally focused community-led housing projects being her main focus.
Currently, Polly also works part-time as the Secretary and Project Administrator of the Coldean Community Organisation which is developing a community-led housing scheme and community centre on the outskirts of Brighton.
Other specialist AirS services include:
- Community and Neighbourhood Plans
- Research & Policy
- Village Agents Enabling
- Village Halls and Community Buildings
The Hub is funded by nine local authority partners from across Sussex. Each will be represented on a Steering Group which will help coordinate our work and share best practice. Click the logo to go to the local authority website.