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Marshall Institute Grant: Tenants in Action

How tenant-led small-scale initiatives bring public benefit

LSE Housing and Communities’ research project will explore the difference that tenants’ voluntary action makes in low-income neighbourhoods. As local authority budgets get tighter, NHS resources are increasingly stretched, and charities struggle to find resources to meet increasing need, tenant volunteers can play a vital role in enhancing the common good and improving the wellbeing of their local communities.

The project will involve 20 semi-structured phone interviews with a cross-section of social housing tenants and 10 follow-up visits to local community projects led and run by tenants. It will provide qualitative accounts of the hard-to-measure benefits of tenant action; quantify the number of direct beneficiaries of tenants’ action; put a financial value on tenant volunteering; and explore wider and more indirect benefits that contribute broadly to the common good.

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