San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
market failure – empty homes – regeneration – lack of affordable homes – increasing homelessness – bedroom tax – damp & disrepair - inequality between regions & between generations – benefit changes – unregulated private rental market – overcrowding
It’s not just headlines. Recent reports from Crisis and Shelter show that the housing crisis really is serious, across all parts of the country And things are set to get worse. The implications for frontline services are all too obvious – demand is growing constantly.
Many churches are rising to the challenge, but others wrestle with the scale of the problem and wonder how they can help – or if one church can make a difference.
And as housing need grows in all parts of the country we are going on the road! This will be the second Housing Justice Roadshow for 2014, organised in partnership with our friends at Thrive Together in Birmingham.
This event will bring you up to date with the latest information at national and local level, as well as introduce straightforward projects to help your church, indeed any group, tackle the problems on your doorstep.
Come and join us and together we will make a difference.
09:30 Arrival / Registration / Coffee / Marketplace
10:00 Opening Plenary
Welcome / Prayer / Worship / Reflection
Introducing Housing Justice and Thrive Together in Birmingham
The National Picture
Regional & Local Perspectives
Panel: Rev. Neil Johnson, Chair of the Birmingham Christian Homelessness Forum
Alison Gelder, CEO of Housing Justice
Fred Rattley, Thrive Together in Birmingham
John Hardy, Birmingham City Council
11:00 Coffee / marketplace
Faith in Affordable Housing – developing new affordable housing on church owned land and property
Mentoring & Befriending – setting up a mentoring and befriending project to support recently re-housed people
Night Shelters – setting up a new church and community night shelter project
Campaigning and Influencing – how to influence the public debate, developing and winning a campaign
12:45 Launch of the Housing Justice Shelter Quality Mark
Revd. Paul Reilly, HJ National Night Shelters Liaison;
Emma Neill, Birmingham Development Worker
13:15 Lunch & marketplace
14:15 Regional Workshops
Afternoon workshops will be led by senior staff from Birmingham Projects that work with vulnerable and homeless people:
15:30 Brief report back from workshops. Next Steps. Closing Prayer
16:00 Roadshow ends
Some bursaries are available for unfunded individuals
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets bought "on the day" will be £15 per person
Please note we will not have facilities for card payments at the venue so please bring cash or cheque
Who is it for?
People from churches, local authorities, housing associations, homelessness charities, activities and professionals.
What will participants get from the day?
* Inspiration, encouragement, information, networking
* A stronger sense of the issues from a local, regional and national perspective
* Practical ideas for how to improve local responses to homelessness and housing need
What is the refund policy?
To cancel a booking please inform us at least one week in advance.
Refunds will only be made if there are special circumstances preventing you from attending once you have booked, and never without minimum notice of one week.
These terms & conditions are subject to alteration without prior communication at any time.
When & Where
Housing Justice is the national voice of Christian action in the field of housing and homelessness. We unite Christians and churches of all denominations to prevent homelessness and bad housing.