Almshouse research and published material

It is important to The Almshouse Association to raise awareness of almshouses, to highlight the benefits of almshouse living and to demonstrate the vital role they play in the provision of genuinely affordable homes for people in housing need.

Below you will find a library of reports and articles that have been published on almshouses and the almshouse movement in recent years. To access, please click on the respective links below:

RESEARCH & REPORTS

Understanding the impact of almshouse charities in the covid pandemic
– research undertaken by The Smith Institute
report link

event recording link
Research
Report
commissioned by
The Almshouse Association
Oct
2022
.
Housing our ageing population
– commissioned by the LGA from the Housing Learning and Improvement
Network (authors: Ian Copeman and Lois Beech),
click linkReportLGA/HLINSept
2022
.
Older People’s Care in Social Housing: A Manifesto for Change
– research sponsored by The Guinness Partnership, Housing 21
and Devonshires
click linkResearch
Report
AltairJune 2022
.
Keeping Communities Together: How smaller social landlords and
community-led housing can provide affordable, secure, local accommodation
for communities in need
– Eleanor Benton, Ruby Russell and Anne Power
click linkCase
report
LSE
Housing &
Communities
2022
.
The Almshouse Association Financial Benefits of Almshouses
Assessment Report
click linkResearchHousing LINNov
2021
.
What is affordable housing?
– written by Wendy Wilson and Cassie Barton
click linkBriefing
Paper
House of CommonsApril 2021
.
Almshouses: a model of community housing for an ageing population
– written Jenny Pannell & Alison Pooley
click linkResearch RICSDec
2020
.
Coming Home – tackling the housing crisis together
– The Commission of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York
click linkReportcommissioned by
The Church
of England
Feb
2021
.
A 21st Century eco-almshouse: St. John’s Almshouses, Lichfield
– compiled by Lorin Arnold, Associate, KKE Architects
click linkCase StudyHousing LINJan
2019
.
Almshouses for homeless people: Sir Thomas White Court, Worcester
– Written for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network by
Frazer Bufton, Director at Lett + Sweetland Architects
click linkCase StudyHousing LINAug
2019
.
Transforming almshouses for the 21st century
– Written for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network by
Jenny Pannell, independent consultant
click linkReportHousing LINJun
2013
.
Almshouses into the next millennium
– Paternalism, partnership, progress?
click linkReportJenny Pannell
Caroline Thomas
1999
.

NEWS ARTICLES & BLOGS

Heritage: Providing a safe haven over the centuries
– Gary Lawrence for Wiltshire Life
click linkmagazine featureWiltshire LifeNov 2022
.
Heritage: Centuries of supporting independence
– Gary Lawrence for Wiltshire Life
click linkmagazine
feature
Wiltshire LifeOct
2022
.
Supporting Farming Communities
– Two leading charities are seeking landowners interested in
the potential of an affordable housing project for farming communities
click linkmagazine
feature
Country Land
and Business Assoc.
June
2022
.
Secrets of Essex almshouses
– Denise Marshall for Essex Life
online story link
Magazine link
magazine
feature
Great British
Life
29 Jun 2022
.
Almshouses: What they are, how they were created and why
they’re still relevant in the 21st century

– Clive Aslet for Country Life
online copy
magazine copy
magazine featureCountry Life13 Mar
2022
.
Understanding almshouses
– featured in LCR magazine
click linknews item NALC2021
.
Expanding the provision of almshouses to improve
our future communities
– Nick Phillips CEO, The Almshouse Association
click linkblog
NALC
Nov
2021
.
Almshouses: The historic model, fit for the future
– Nick Phillips CEO, The Almshouse Association
click linkblogNational Housing
Federation
Nov
2021
.
Open alms: the almshouse charities building new homes
Insight by Caroline Thorpe for Inside Housing
click linkarticleInside Housing
magazine
13 Oct 2021
.
Don’t forget almshouses
– Comment by Lord Best in Inside Housing
click linkCommentInside Housing
Magazine
13 Oct 2021
.
Remember a Charity – Pass it on
– The Almshouse Association with Dan Cruickshank
click linkarticleDaily Telegraph10 Oct
2021
.
HLIN Viewpoint 100 Almshouses for the 21st Century
– transformation in progress
– Written for the Housing Learning and Improvement Network
click linkViewpointHousing LINApr
2021
.
Answering the 21st century call to alms
– Laura Silverman for The Daily Telegraph
click linkarticleThe Daily
Telegraph
29 Feb
2021
.
Britain is building almshouses at fastest rate since the Victorian era
– Milly Vincent for Mail online
click linknews itemMail online
Jan
2020
.
Return of almshouses for the vulnerable could help
solve Britain’s housing crisis
– Patrick Sawyer for The Telegraph
click linknews itemThe TelegraphJan
2020
.
Almshouses being built at fastest rate in decades
– Becky Johnson for Sky News
click linknews itemSky News3 Jan
2020
.
The solution to ageing Britain’s housing crisis? Build almshouses
– Harriett Sherwood for The Guardian
click linknews itemThe Guardian27 Oct
2019
.
Almshouse boom helps poor pensioners
– Tom Ball for The Times
click linknews itemThe Times14 Oct
2019
.
Ageing well: a collection of innovative thinking
click linkCollectionThe Whiteley
Foundation
for Ageing Well
2017
.
Visiting a 900-year-old almshouse
– Insight by Simon Brandon for Inside Housing
click linkarticleInside Housing18 July
2014
.
Almshouses – a model for the future?
– Anne Diamond’s BBC Blog
click linkBlogBBC ID
webpage
1 Dec
2010
.
Why almshouses have a place in 21st century Sussex
– Geraldine Constantine
clink linkarticleGreat British
Life
19 April
2010
.