We spoke to hundreds of housing association staff and tenants from across the country to gather your views on the big social challenges we face that housing associations are well placed to help tackle.

You said we can do even more to improve the lives of the people we exist to serve, just by thinking differently about our homes, services and roots into communities. These are the areas we’re going to nurture new ideas in response to through the Greenhouse.


Home of tomorrow

When it came to reimagining our homes, we collectively identified these challenges:

Building better

Removing the false choice between quality and affordability

How might we build high quality homes more quickly, designing them around the individual needs and desires of the people we house?

Adapting with age

Offering real choice as people get older

How might the homes we live in adapt as we age to ensure we can remain in the home and community that we love when our needs change?

Transforming tenure

Giving the next generation a stake in a home by developing new tenure models

How might we rethink ownership and tenure to give young people the opportunity of a real stake in their home?

Prioritising people

When it came to reimagining our services, we collectively identified this challenge:

People powered

Putting power back in the hands of our communities

How might we reimagine our offer to give those on low incomes real choice over goods and services?

halting homelessness

Halting homelessness

Ending rough sleeping

How might we work together to get people off the streets and into homes with the support they need?

You can read about what all of these mean in more detail in this summary.