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Collaboration is often the key to success. Whether it’s by combining resources or sharing expertise, a partnership approach is what we do as Wayfarer. We’re a consortium of like-minded organisations all about meeting local housing needs across southern England.

With 17 members, ranging from small specialist register providers to large local authorities, Wayfarer exists to connect organisations with the grant funding they need to help solve the housing crisis. This is the foundation that we exist on: the connecting link between those with ambitions to build more affordable homes and the expertise and financial support needed to do just that.

Led by Abri, we’re supporting our members to secure Homes England funding to deliver a diversity of different housing options for communities in the region.

Achieving more, together

Wayfarer has been operating since 2003. Why? Because the housing crisis isn’t a new thing, and we’ve always been driven by an ambition to provide lots of new affordable and specialist homes. But we’ve also always known that while what we do is important and helps to tackle that crisis, supporting others to do the same is essential.

So we help our members to apply for grant funding, providing a dedicated team of people who are on hand to help our members provide affordable homes in their area with the support of Homes England. Our members vary in size and housing type, but each one provides homes that are developed in direct response to what their communities need.

Keeping the momentum going

As Wayfarer we’ve already unlocked grants in excess of £320m and attracted funding for 12,430 affordable homes. At the same time we’ve maximised our combined skills and expertise to deliver more for communities across southern England.

But we’re not complacent, and we remain focussed on continuing to tackle the housing crisis to ensure as many people as possible have a safe, warm home. We’ve been successful securing significant Homes England grant funding in the past and are looking forward to working with Homes England to secure funding for our future pipeline schemes in the new AHP 2021-2026 programme.

We’ve just welcomed two new members and are always on the lookout for organisations who share our goals. As we make our way towards a post-pandemic world, the impacts of Covid-19 will continue to show themselves. The need for high-quality, accessible and sustainable homes is at its greatest and we’ll be here, with our members, to deliver that.