This project built a partnership between the university and a community partner to investigate ways to address the housing crisis. The Brighton and Hove Community Land Trust (BHCLT) was set up to support community-led housing in the city. The university’s Radical Futures Housing Forum was established to support community-led responses to the housing crisis and foster collaborations between academics, community organisations and local policymakers.
The organisations had worked together on an ad-hoc basis and identified a set of mutual ambitions. The Ignite programme supported and formalised this fledging relationship, taking important steps to developing a sustainable community-university partnership.
Ignite laid the foundations for a long-term collaborative partnership which has not only brought about mutual benefits for the partners, but made a real and material difference in our city. Currently, the partners are waiting to hear about a significant bid that was made to a Research Council to support further work together.