Diocese builds 386 homes for the homeless on church grounds

“Our hope is that others will grasp this vision and be ready to share our mission – to provide homes and build communities where people love to live. »

Le Diocese of Chelmsford, England, has decided to build 300 homes on church land over the next two years in the country, and 86 in Wales to meet the needs of the homeless.

This project is carried out in partnership with Housing Justice, a Christian organization campaigning for access to housing in England.

It was in response to the appeal launched by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York that the diocese got involved in this project. Last year, in the report Coming Home: Tackling the housing crisis together, they argued that the Church of England had a role to play in housing, which he saw as "a matter of social justice and equality.

They wanted to "encourage dioceses and parishes to become more deeply involved in meeting local housing needs and in community development, learning from great examples of Church action that are presented throughout this report.

For the Bishop of Chelmsford, Guli Francis-Dehqani, the partnership between the diocese and the organization Housing Justice “will help to alleviate some of the challenges of the housing crisis at the local level”.

Joanne Thorns, a priest who helps coordinate efforts to locate land in the North East, it's not about "just building houses and then moving out". The goal is to create communities.

The Diocese of Chelmsford hopes that “others will grasp this vision and be ready to share our mission – to provide homes and build communities where people love to live”.

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