Housing Ourselves

Housing Ourselves is an annual event that is held by Cloughjordan CoHousing Coop with support from Cultivate. The event brings together those interested in community-led housing, with sustainable community advocates, housing agencies, planners, architects, and social finance organisations to progress making co-housing neighbourhoods a reality in Ireland.

“It is abundantly clear that radical solutions to housing provision are needed urgently given the magnitude of a housing crisis that is not abating. Community-Led Housing is one such proposal that merits support by policymakers and practitioners, including acceptance of housing as a social good by housing developers. Community-Led Housing combines so many aspects of a cohesive, sustainable solution to the housing crisis in Ireland.”  Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland

In an era of housing crises, ecological deterioration and social fragmentation, the need for more sociable, affordable and sustainable housing is vital. Community-Led Housing empowers people to develop solutions which address their particular housing needs. This approach provides a framework for residents and communities to collaborate in the creation and revitalisation of new and existing neighbourhoods. This video provides a short introduction to the concept of Community-Led Housing, and introduces some of the groups implementing this approach across Ireland.