"The Coalition agreed in October 2011 to ring fence up to £30m of their Empty Homes Programme for the purpose of supporting community led self-help housing initiatives. I really don't believe this would have happened had TSRC not undertaken a field work based research programme - looking at a number of different projects and examining how they worked, the problems they were experiencing and what needed to be done to help them achieve more. This is a great example of how research can have a very clear impact on policy"
Director, Self-Help Housing.org
“TSRC research was a trigger for BSHF to organise an event at St George’s House, Windsor Castle, to discuss self-help housing and produce two publications with recommendations. We believe this timely event and reports contributed to the move by DCLG to subsequently announce the £30m Community Grants Programme as part of their efforts to tackle empty homes identified in their Housing Strategy Paper for England, ‘Laying the Foundations’ in November 2011.”
Head of Programme, Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF)