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Listen to this blog post on BBC Radio Merseyside here.

Home, the place where you can grow up happily, knowing it’s always going to be your home. Welcome home this little one from us at Coming Home Liverpool.No apologies at all for not having written much on here lately, Jayne Lawless and I have been busy. As the two partners in Coming Home Liverpool we’ve been busy creating our first home for a family in North Liverpool. And now it’s done and they’re all moved in. On a fair rent and a permanent tenancy.Yesterday there was a celebration at the house. A celebration you can listen to from the links at the top and the foot of this post. Continue reading

Coming Home in the Liverpool Echo

There’s something about being in an actual printed newspaper that confirms an ideas existence more than anything digital can. And this week Coming Home’s existence has been confirmed by the Liverpool Echo.

The Coming Home team on site. Me, Jayne Lawless and Steve Ross of Penny Lane Builders.

The Coming Home team on site. Me, Jayne Lawless and Steve Ross of Penny Lane Builders.

Knowing though that many of this blog’s readers don’t live around Liverpool or even in England I thought I’d reproduce Echo journalist Josh Parry’s article about us on here. So here it is.

How one affordable housing scheme is transforming Liverpool’s empty properties. 

‘Coming Home’ team tackling both housing shortage and empty homes problem. Continue reading

Perfect

Some things are just perfect aren’t they? Not in a showy kind of way. But just perfectly done or perfect in their very nature.DSC02157Let’s start with perfectly done. The latest 3 of our Community Land Trust Houses to be finished in Granby 4 Streets.

Perfect.

Perfect.

It would be fair to say more than a few of us have poured our hearts and souls into recovering and restoring these long empty houses.

And now they're ready.

And now they’re ready.

Ready to be homes again.

Ready to be homes again.

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How to do Social Housing: Part Two

Continuing the true story of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust on siteGranby on site - 70

The second of two detailed parts of my story about exactly how to do social housing. Or at least, exactly how we’re doing it in Granby 4 Streets.

At the end of Part One we are deliriously winning the Turner Prize.

At the end of Part One we are deliriously winning the Turner Prize.

Assemble and a few of us are up in Glasgow at the Channel Four announcement.

Assemble and a few of us, though not me, are up in Glasgow at the Channel Four announcement.

The rest of us are in Liverpool watching it all together at The Small Cinema in Victoria Street.

The rest of us are in Liverpool watching it all together at The Small Cinema in Victoria Street.

Next morning I’m up well before the dawn reflecting on what’s just happened and have published my thoughts on here before the media start arriving in the Four Streets. Continue reading

How to do Social Housing: Part One

A true story of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust on site.On Site Part One - 1I want to tell you a story about social housing. A very detailed story (in two parts) about exactly how to do it. Or at least, exactly how we’re doing it in Granby 4 Streets.

I want to tell you this story now because recently some people who I thought knew better are saying social housing can’t be done any more. Or that anyway if you do decide to do it you’re doing something called ‘Submarket Housing.’ As in subhuman, subspecies, substandard, subnormal, substitute, subterranean? You can probably only barely imagine how annoyed  this makes me feel, having been working in and around social housing now since 1972.

But this won’t be a rant, more like a demonstration of a community of people, including me, doing social housing here in Liverpool over the last few months. And it’s a detailed demonstration because over this time I’ve been the Granby community’s representative on site as we’ve worked on our latest batch of renovations. Throughout this time I’ve taken hundreds of site photographs, mainly to help us all run the job. But I think they’re interesting and even beautiful in their way. Because they show what doing social housing looks like.

Here goes.

Late last September we finished our first five houses.

Late last September we finished our first five houses.

And our great friends Ann and Lorna came to help us celebrate.

And our great friends Ann and Lorna came to help us celebrate.

That’s Councillor Ann O’Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and Lorna Mackie of the Nationwide Foundation, one of our major funders.

That same day we went on site on our next three houses.

That same day we went on site on our next three houses.

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Happy Christmas from Granby 4 Streets

Happy Christmas - 1There is still a blog post to be written celebrating all that’s been achieved by the whole group of partners here in Granby this year. But today, as we held the final site meeting of the year, was a day to pause, wish each other Happy Christmas and pass our message of peace and DIY on to you as well.

The week began with a celebration in the site house at 48 Cairns Street. A homecoming party for Assemble and all of us after winning the Turner Prize.

The Turner Pies arrived early.

The Turner Pies arrived early.

A party gift from our friends at Homebaked. Paticularly for Joe Farrag of Granby helping out so much with the gazebos for their Thing On The Rec event at the weekend.

Lots more food made by everyone too. We've been eating it all week since.

Lots more food made by everyone too. We’ve been eating it all week since.

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Two days in Granby

Happy Christmas from the women of Granby.

Happy Christmas from the women of Granby.

No apologies for this run of Granby posts up to the Turner Prize announcement on Monday. There are great things happening here.

As we continue work on the Community Land Trust houses.

As we continue work on the Community Land Trust houses.

This is Thursday at ourr weekly site meeting.

This is Thursday at our weekly site meeting.

Steve and Joe from Penny Lane Builders deep in discussion with Joe from Assemble.

Steve and Joe from Penny Lane Builders deep in discussion with Joe from Assemble.

Isn't that just beautiful.

Isn’t that just beautiful.

I’m really loving this time on site carefully restoring these Victorian terraced houses. Revealing and revelling in the beauty of their construction. Continue reading