Supporting Community-Led Housing in Ireland
SOA is an action research collaborative working to establish Community-Led Housing in Ireland. We are independent, mission driven, and not-for-profit.
We believe that communities of all sizes should have the right, and the ability, to be instigators and co-creators of secure, affordable homes, and that this can benefit individuals, communities and even entire cities. We want people in Ireland to realise this potential.
What is Community-Led Housing
As described by World Habitat, Community-Led Housing is about “communities playing a leading and lasting role in solving local housing problems, creating genuinely affordable homes and strong communities, in ways that are difficult to achieve through mainstream housing.”
Community-Led Housing is an umbrella term, encompassing a wide range of approaches, including cooperative housing, cohousing, Community Land Trusts (CLTs), and self-help housing. Although no two Community-Led Housing projects are the same, they all share a common goal of meeting specific local housing needs via collaboration, empowerment and mutual support.
Community-Led Housing is premised on the conviction that a house is not just a building, or an asset, it is a home: a place to live.
What we do
Our work includes both self-initiated and commissioned projects to advance Community-Led Housing in Ireland.
SOA is a not-for-profit social enterprise, and we work with groups around the country who are taking a community-led approach to creating homes. We also work with government agencies and local authorities to develop Community-Led Housing (CLH) policy and advance pilot projects.
SOA support our work via income from a range of services which are carefully selected to progress Community-Led Housing in Ireland.
Our services include:
- Advice and support for Community-Led Housing projects
- Consulting to state and local bodies
- Development of networks and joint projects
- Policy Research and Co-development
Learn more about SOA’s services here >
Featured projects & events
Working to inform and empower people in Ireland about socially and environmentally sustainable alternative housing models
Published in 2021. This 15-month multi-stakeholder research project culminated in a series of five handbooks roadmapping the advancement of CLH projects in Ireland.Learn more
European CLT Network
Since 2021, SOA have acted as Irish partner in the European CLT network, a cross-country partnership working to develop a viable Community Land Trust model for Europe.Learn more
An action research initiative, co-designing 'future oriented' neighbourhoods that foster community for all ages and maximise the possibilities for positive ageing in Ireland.Learn more
Community-Led Housing resources
SOA have published a range of resources which can help you to develop a CLH project in Ireland, and to learn about great examples.
This handbook provides an early-stage guide to developing a CLH project, outlining key steps in the process. It is intended to support Irish Community-Led Housing groups who are working to develop pilot projects.View resource
Summarising the policy initiatives supporting CLH in countries such as the UK, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland. This handbook is intended to support Irish policymakers to advance CLH in Ireland.View resource
This handbook proposes approaches to financing CLH in Ireland, including measures to ensure a viable sector. It aims to support Irish policymakers and financial institutions in progressing financial solutions for CLH.View resource
This handbook describes sustainable approaches to land management which facilitate the creation of homes that are affordable in perpetuity. It aims to support Irish local authorities, land agencies & other landowners.View resource
If you'd like to get involved in supporting the development of Community-Led Housing, here's a few ways that you can learn, share, advocate and connect.
Take the first step to learn about Community-Led Housing, and how it can help address some of our most urgent issues around housing, community, quality of life, & climate.Learn more
Start conversations! If you feel Community-Led Housing can be part of the solution, why not share this with your family and friends. Here are links to some of SOA’s social media posts..Learn more
Help to get SOA’s research in the right hands. Share our resources with your local authorities and TDs. Make your belief in Community-Led Housing known...Learn more
Sign up for SOA's email newsletter, to hear more about upcoming projects and developments. Follow SOA and other Community-Led Housing advocates on social media...Learn more