Join us on Saturday 24 June for a day dedicated to community-led housing and how people can make it happen.
We have a housing crisis in Brighton & Hove. House prices are nearly five times what they were twenty years ago. Over 30% of households are privately renting, which is the biggest proportion of any town and city in England and Wales. Around 26,000 people are on the council housing waiting list and 1 in 69 people in Brighton & Hove are homeless. Most of us can’t afford to live here without some form of subsidy or spending a massive amount of our incomes on housing. Damp housing, overcrowding and evictions are all too common.
Community-led housing (including housing co-operatives and Cohousing) is one of many ways to create more genuinely affordable and secure housing in the city. It also enables people to be more part of a community and to take power back from the hands of developers, letting agencies and a housing market that is out of control.
Housing Crisis: Community solutions 2017 is an opportunity to find out about – and get help to create – housing co-operatives and co-housing. There will also be a session on how people or groups can access money and support to help build new community-led housing in Brighton & Hove. See the full schedule for the day here.
There will be a chance to join existing community housing groups or start your own with other like-minded people at the event. People from housing organisations and campaigns in the city will be there to answer any questions.
Saturday 24 June from 10am – 5pm at Brighton Steiner School, Roedean Rd, BN2 5RA (map). The event is FREE but we are asking for donations to help cover costs.
You will need to book in advance if you would like lunch on the day (you can also bring your own food instead). You can turn up on the day without booking but it would help us get an idea of numbers if you reserve your place in advance, even if you don’t want lunch.
There will be a creche, so please let us know in advance if you are bringing children. There is also a disabled toilet at the school and the talks and stalls will be on the ground level. If you would like to come but have access needs you don’t think are covered, please get in touch on email@example.com.