About Communities that Work

Give us a Chance is leading a housing sector wide campaign, called Communities that Work.

The campaign, which is being supported by 24Housing, seeks to raise awareness for the work that the social housing sector does to help people into employment.

Recent research commissioned by Give us a Chance, led by the IPPR (2018) shows that unemployment amongst social housing tenants is far higher than the national average, and far outstrips any other UK tenancy breakdown:

  • Around half of all working age social housing tenants are in work. Housing Associations invest £70m a year to support more tenants to access employment
  • Unemployment is twice the national average and economic inactivity is three times higher
  • One in three tenancies struggle to pay their rent, and more than half of all tenancies rely on housing benefit

The UK’s social housing sector is one of the largest investors in tackling unemployment in the social housing sector. Housing associations alone invest around £70m a year in employment and training support programmes – £60m of this is from their own funding.

But the social housing sector fails to get the recognition we deserve.

Too often Government and stakeholders are don’t have sight of the work that the sector does to help people into work. This means that when Government and policy makers are designing work and employment policies, the social housing sector is out of sight and out of mind.

Through the Communities that Work campaign, we aim to show national and local government the true scale of social housing’s investment into employment-related services, and outline how government can do more to work with the social housing sector to close the tenant employment gap.

So far, we have over 80 social housing organisations signed up to the campaign, and we’re building more support as the campaign progresses.

Pledge your support via the link below, and we’ll add your name to the campaign and be in touch with more details about how you can support the campaign.

Pledge your support

How can you get involved in Communities that Work?

Three ways you can support the campaign:

  • Collect stories and data. Gather case studies and stories about residents you’ve helped into work, publish and share thank you messages, and build statistics that show the numbers of people you’ve helped into work.
  • Be vocal. Be proud of the work that you do and share your organisation’s stories about how you help make ‘Communities that Work’. Show off your work to local stakeholders through site visits and meetings, use the social media hashtag #CommunitiesthatWork and don’t be shy in telling your good news stories and scheme successes with your local press.
  • Sign up to Communities that Work week. Taking place in May 2019, Communities that Work week will provide opportunities for your organisation to use the campaign platform to engage with your local stakeholders, and raise awareness of the work that your organisation does to help people into work, and to succeed in work.

Add your name to the Campaign!

Sign up here to Communities that Work