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Community-Led Housing

Dated: 23 June 2021

Thank you to Colin McDonnell and Tom O’Donnell from SOA for a fascinating introduction to Community-Led Housing!  
You can watch a recording of the event HERE
Is your community interested in local solutions to local housing needs?
Clann Credo is hosting an online event to explore opportunities for Community-Led Housing in Ireland.

Wednesday, June 23rd, 7–8pm, online.
Housing is one of the most contentious issues in Ireland today. The problem is complex and there will not be a simple solution, but Community-Led Housing may be able to play an important role in the creation of new homes in both rural and urban settings.
Community-Led Housing is evolving across Europe and the world. In Ireland, community groups are exploring ways to collectively create new homes through a process which empowers communities to develop solutions which address their own particular housing needs.
This approach provides a framework for residents and communities to collaborate in the creation and revitalisation of new and existing neighbourhoods. The unique feature of Community-Led Housing is the empowerment of future residents to meaningfully participate in both the design and long-term management of their homes.
“Community-Led Housing is an example of bottom-up, active citizenship at its best, with the potential to put the humanistic perspective of housing provision centre state, with communities and citizens at the heart of neighbourhood development, embracing the idea of homes as a social good.” President Michael D. Higgins from Roadmapping a Viable Community-Led Housing Sector for Ireland.
Clann Credo is delighted to host this event on Community-Led Housing with SOA (Self Organised Architecture).
SOA is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to provide information on models for socially and environmentally sustainable housing.
SOA is a partner in The Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities (SHICC) project which seeks to support the establishment of more successful Community Land Trusts (CLT) in cities across the North-West European (NWE) region. Community Land Trusts are seen as a useful structure for the establishment of Community-Led Housing.
As the Irish partner in SHICC, SOA is seeking to grow the CLT movement in Ireland through research, information exchange, network building, and support for emerging CLTs. For more information, visit
  • Welcome and introduction – Roisin Mulligan, Clann Credo
  • Tom O’Donnell and Colin McDonnell, SOA - presentation on the ethos of Community-Led Housing with examples from Ireland and abroad.
  • Question and answer session
Why might your community be interested in Community-Led Housing?
Community-Led Housing can help address a wide range of issues that community-based organisations are already working on, including;
  • Creating social and affordable housing
  • Rural and urban regeneration
  • Promoting inclusive towns and neighbourhoods that cater for people with additional needs
  • Environmentally sustainable living
  • Establishing community spaces and retaining public services
  • Supporting economic and artistic activities
If your community is affected by the housing crisis and you want to hear about local solutions to local housing needs, join us online on Wednesday, 23rd June from 7 – 8pm to find out more!

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