Second Home Owners’ Scheme supports homes for locals

The Second Home Owners’ Scheme offers a simple way for second home owners to help Cornish communities  by committing to donate at least one week’s rent per annum, or the equivalent if the property is not rented.  The Foundation uses this funding to support the delivery of genuinely affordable homes in Cornwall and contribute to our Crisis Fund that addresses immediate hardship, homelessness and housing needs.

The Second Home Owners’ Scheme has recently awarded £8,959 to Cornwall Community Land Trust (CCLT) to deliver affordable homes, mainly for sale and some for rent, tailored to the needs of local communities.  CCLT, a not-for-profit, community-based organization, has recently celebrated the construction of 200 affordable homes over the past 10 years.

Affordable housing projects have been completed in Landrake, St Martins, Isles of Scilly, Pendeen, Delabole, Menheniot, Nancledra, St Just in Roseland, Lizard Village, Blunts, St Ewe, Rock, Luxulyan and Blisland. New projects are in the pipeline for Penryn and Duloe.

CLT Development Manager, Helen Browning, says, “Many people are in the situation that where they’ve grown up, through no fault of their own, they may never be able to afford a house, even where they have good jobs. That’s where we come in to try and bridge the gap.”

The Second Home Owners’ Scheme is a great way for people who own a second home to make a directed contribution in support of those with housing needs in Cornwall. Ann Higham, a regular suporter of the the Scheme, comments, “Giving this way recognises a clear connection between those who are lucky enough to own a second home in Cornwall and those for whom day to day life is a challenge.”

For more details and to join the Scheme, click here.