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New grass roots housing coalition launches this weekend

Besi Besemar August 16, 2017

New grass roots housing campaign launches this weekend – based on “action not words”!

A collection of grass root community organisations will come together on Saturday (August 19) at the Kemp Town Crypt Community Centre, St George’s Road, Kemp Town, Brighton to adopt the aims and objectives of the newly formed Brighton and Hove Housing Coalition.

Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion and Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven will attend the launch event this Saturday to answer questions from more than 200 housing activists in Brighton.

Around 20 organisations are coming together to establish a Housing Coalition that will challenge the “moribund policies of the City Council and national Government”.

Steve Parry
Steve Parry

Steve Parry, acting Chair of the Coalition, said: “With co-operation on this scale we intend to challenge in a real way homelessness, housing squalor, housing for profit rather than for people, and the payment of £millions to overseas tax havens for so-called emergency and temporary accommodation”

He emphasised that “the Coalition is bringing together those that build homes with those that occupy empty properties, those that help feed the homeless and those that will be opening up community night shelters, those that have a vision for all to have a right to shelter and those who are advocating for those discriminated against by our local authority due to vulnerability or disability.”

Larissa Reed, the newly appointed Executive Director for Neighbourhoods, Communities and Housing at the City Council will be spending an hour discussing the policy and practice of the council.

Council residents, leaseholders, private renters, the homeless, and those in temporary accommodation will be working together and participating in workshops ranging from Community led housing to ‘Alternative housing choices and well-being in later life’, from Living Rents to the horrors of some privately rented housing, from accessibility to the need for respect to be shown to those who are disabled or vulnerable.

The conference will take place at Kemp Town Crypt Community Centre, St George’s Road, Kemp Town, Brighton BN2 1ED with registration from 9am

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