PlaceShapers: We Build report

PlaceShapers is a national network of more than 100 community-based housing associations, owning almost 850,000 homes.

This report is a key outcome of PlaceShapers We Build strategic priority and adds to We Work, their 2016 campaign which quantified how PlaceShapers have helped more than 60,000 people gain the skills, qualifications and confidence to find work since 2010. It demonstrates the contribution that PlaceShapers has made – and will make in the future – to solving the housing crisis through building new homes.

It highlights the challenges and sets out a series of ‘asks’ for the new government, and of the sector, to help remove the obstacles that prevent us doing even more. It also highlights, through twelve case studies, how PlaceShapers members have tackled these issues and responded to the challenges in ambitious, imaginative and innovative ways. At the heart of these case studies is the difference that housing associations, deeply embedded in their communities and ‘in it for the long term’, can make and how close working relationships with local authority and other partners, built over time and based on trust can overcome obstacles and make their contribution to solving the housing crisis.

If you would like to find out more about this research, please contact Maggie Rafalowicz, Associate Director at Campbell Tickell on

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