Empty spaces

Habitats for Humanity, Empty Spaces for Homes – Grant

Empty Spaces to Homes is a project which aims to create accommodation for vulnerable young people by substantially renovating empty commercial premises.

Cost of the project



Dagenham, UK

Empty Spaces to Homes is an innovative approach to transforming empty commercial properties into high quality, affordable accommodations for young people leaving care.

Developing underused buildings and land helps to maximise the space we have available to create more homes for vulnerable people. The organisation’s project management and construction expertise is able to support charities, councils, churches and other community groups to directly benefit society and enable lasting change.

The Empty Spaces to Home project offers a creative route to provide more affordable homes in the UK. They partner with community-minded organisations and local authorities to provide new homes and improve community assets. Currently the project is being piloted in East London where homes are being created for young people leaving statutory care.

LandAid funding has been secured for refurbishment and retrofitting at a premises in Dagenham.  The planned works will take the property back to is original structure and provide a new interior layout.

The project work will address an existing need for more affordable housing in the borough. Barking and Dagenham already has an average income level well below average, and insufficient affordable housing stock to meet the demand. It will also provide onsite volunteering opportunities for students with special educational needs and disabilities as part of the REACH programme.

We’re proud of our work harnessing the housing expertise in our global network and bringing it to bear in finding creative solutions here in Great Britain – especially our work with Empty Spaces to Homes. After successfully launching our pilot to create affordable housing through renovating empty commercial spaces we have been able to produce a toolkit which is being launched on 20th June and will provide a guide for other organisations to run their own similar projects.
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