Saturday 24 June, 10am – 5pm
Brighton Steiner School, Roedean Road, Kemp Town/Whitehawk, BN2 5RA (map).
FREE entry. Donations asked for to cover costs. No person turned away for lack of funds.
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. More than 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 –different kinds of community-led housing.
Introducing the day – Amy and Matt (Mutual Aid in Sussex)
Who are MAIS? What is happening today? What are the issues with housing in Brighton? What do we want to come out of the event?
|10.25 – 12.00am
Facilitated discussion on our housing needs and wants – Lucy and Sarah
What are the housing needs of people attending and what housing would people ideally want
| 12.05- 13.05pm
What are your options in community-led housing? – An overview by Tom Chance (National Community Land Trust network)
Cohousing? Housing co-ops? Self-build? And how do we make it happen?
Food provided by Hail Seitan! (a workers’ collective)
Reserve your lunch here
How can people get support and money to help set up community-led housing in the city? – Helen Russell & Peter Clarke (both members of Brighton Community Land Trust & Co-operative Housing in Brighton & Hove)
How two local housing co-ops did it in practice? – Allie (Skylark Housing Co-op), Helen Bartlett (Rosa Bridge)
Members and residents of two co-ops answer questions such as: What is a housing co-op? How did we get the money? How did we find the right people? What makes a co-op different to standard renting? How do we keep it going? What makes our co-op different?
What next? – Amy and Matt (Mutual Aid in Sussex)
A summary of some of the main issues raised in the day and how to take things forward.
Informal socialising, followed by drinks in the pub.
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.