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What we do

Practical Climate Action

We work with volunteers to retrofit empty homes to AECB Carbonlite Standards using natural, breathable materials such as woodfibre, hemp and lime. The healthy, energy-efficient homes we create are used to accommodate people in severe housing need, who become part of the volunteering team before they move in.

Award-winning housing

Canopy Housing won the UN World Habitat Award 2015/16 in partnership with Giroscope. The video below explains our ethos.


Canopy renovates empty and derelict houses that have been standing empty for years, and transforms them into homes through the hard work and commitment of their volunteers and tenants.


Canopy provides decent affordable accommodation for people that are homeless or in housing need


Our volunteers are an enthusiastic, interesting and diverse group of people from the local community and they do the practical work to renovate the houses, including light building work, plastering and painting & decorating .


Empty and derelict houses blight an area and can become sites for vandalism and rubbish dumping. The community focus and small size of the project enables Canopy to renovate the properties, maintain lengthy tenancies and to respond to anti social behaviour and maintenance problems quickly. All this contributes to quality of the local environment for residents.


Canopy provides a ‘self-help’ housing opportunity for people that are homeless, which means they have the opportunity to participate in the renovation and decorating of their new home alongside the volunteers and can choose how they would like their house to look prior to moving in.


Canopy brings together many individuals from different communities in the local area, including people from different age groups and with differing abilities. Canopy facilitates an opportunity for people from different backgrounds to interact and learn from each other’s experiences and skills. There is a real need for projects like Canopy that can pull different strands of the community together and overcome ignorance and prejudice.


Canopy’s Board provides strategic leadership, support and guidance to its staff. If you would like to know more about our Board (or would even like to join it), please click here.


Canopy has developed partnerships with local housing providers and the local authority and has negotiated lease arrangements on each of the properties, allowing us to work together to overcome the problems caused by empty and derelict housing.

Contact us

Our head office in Burley is open Monday to Thursday 11am – 3pm.

Call 0113 294 6868.

Our Harehills base is now closed.

Reporting repairs

If you are a Canopy tenant in need of a repair, please call Kiwi direct on 01924 400499. There is no need to speak to a member of Canopy staff first and their lines are open 24/7.

If you are a Canopy tenant and have an emergency of any other kind to report, you can email

For all other enquiries, please email

Our correspondence address is:

66 Burley Lodge Road