RACE – Rural & Community Housing Enabling Service


The Rural and Community Housing Enabling service (RACE) is an independent service for Kent and Medway, providing expertise and working directly with communities to deliver housing that matches what local people need. It is hosted by the Kent Housing Group.

RACE works with parish councils, communities, housing teams at district and borough councils, housing associations and local developers to identify rural communities where action needs to be taken to meet the housing needs of local people and facilitate any development.

RACE supports the delivery of local needs affordable housing and housing for older owner occupiers in rural communities. It also supports community-led housing options.

We undertake housing needs surveys, help find suitable sites and act as an honest broker between all partners. We support, advise and steer communities, town and parish councillors from scheme inception to completion.

There are two separate and distinct areas to our work. Click on the links to the right to learn about Local Needs Housing and/or Community Led Housing.

If you have any comments or queries please contact the RACE Team on: race@ashford.gov.uk