B&H Housing Coalition launch

 This conference is free but numbers are limited so tickets must be booked at Eventbrite 

Agenda

0900: Registration and coffee

0945: Welcome and introductory comments

1000: Question and Answer Session (Each MP will give an introduction)

  • Lloyd Russell – Moyle MP
  • Caroline Lucas MP

1100: Introduction (5 minutes for each facilitator) to workshops/seminars: A briefing paper will be available for each workshop prior to the conference

  • Temporary & Emergency accommodation
  • Community led housing
  • Privately rented accommodation
  • Residents, including leaseholders, of council owned properties
  • Benefits and Housing

1230: Report back on each workshop/seminar

1300: Lunch

1400: Introduction to workshops/seminars on specific issues with an emphasis on the disproportionate effect of such issues on different sections of our community: A briefing paper will be available for each workshop prior to the conference

  • Health and Housing
  • Advocacy & legislation
  • Living rents, affordability, and social housing
  • Accessibility
  • Homelessness (including utilisation of empty properties)

1530: Report back on each workshop/seminar

1600: Brighton and Hove City Council: Policy & Practice

        An introduction followed by questions and discussion  – Larissa Reed, Executive Director for Neighbourhoods, Communities and Housing 

1700: Launch of the Brighton and Hove Housing Coalition & adoption of its aims and objectives

1730: Refreshments

Aims of Brighton & Hove Housing Coalition

1. To provide a city wide coordinating group on all issues relating to housing

2. To fight for, represent, and support the interests of  Council tenants and leaseholders, private renters, those involved in community led housing, and those seeking housing who are in temporary & emergency accommodation or are homeless

3. To work on the basis of:

  • Achieving truly affordable accommodation, particularly social housing, on the basic principle that housing is for people and not for profit.
  • Ending street homelessness
  • Temporary & Emergency Accommodation owned and managed by BHCC
  • Utilising empty buildings to provide shelters for those who are homeless
  • Ending the creation of “ghettos” of those with drug/dependency issues, single parent families, those in poverty, or people categorized by any form of so called social deprivation
  • Providing comprehensive and adequate access to benefits and resources in order to maintain tenancies and prevent homelessness.
  • Recognising that households be treated as homeless if they receive notice under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (as prescribed by the “Homelessness Code of Guidance” [Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996] and by the {proposed} Homelessness Reduction Bill)

In order to achieve these aims The Coalition will:

  • Provide support for campaigning groups in membership or associated with BHHC
  • Provide up to date information on legislation, national campaigns, legal judgments, and similar material to every group involved in housing for people and not for profit
  • Establish a Working Group to examine all matters discussed by the B&HCC Housing and New Homes Committee to ensure robust analysis of B&HCC policies and their implementation
  • Co-ordinate and provide effective and free advocacy and advice for those in need with regard to housing and benefits linked with housing
  • Establish access to a pool of legal advisors to assist campaigns, groups, and individuals in the City
  • Ensure that information, knowledge, and experience is shared throughout community based organisations and initiatives in the city
  • Organise workshops, seminars, lectures, other events & initiatives on policy, legislation, advocacy & benefits advice, and campaigning

The Coalition will:

  • be independent of party political and B&HCC control or influence
  • be open to community based individuals and organisations involved in housing and housing associated issues
  • not include statutory bodies or state funded groups but such groups may be invited to participate on the basis they are welcome but must be accountable to, and not controlling of, community initiatives and demands.
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