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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Rising rough sleeping, hidden homelessness, migrant destitution, welfare cuts, the growing shortage of genuinely affordable housing, Brexit..
2016 is the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Catholic Housing Aid Society, which merged with the Churches National Housing Coalition in 2003 to become Housing Justice. We aim to use this year to inspire and encourage churches, faith groups, community projects, homelessness charities, and the statutory and voluntary housing sector to unite together so that Housing need and Homelessness are more effectively addressed.
We would like to invite you to a day looking at the needs from an informed local and national perspective, and to see where churches have a role to play. It could include speaking up for people in poverty and housing need. It may be time to roll up our sleeves to work in partnership with others to be part of the solution.
Come and engage with the issues, from an informed local and national perspective, learn about what is already being done, see where churches have a role to play, share perspectives, network and plan responses at the local, regional and national level.
09:30 Arrival / Registration / Coffee / Marketplace
10:00 Welcome and Opening Plenary with
The Rt. Revd James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, Chair of Housing Justice
Alison Gelder, CEO Housing Justice
Howard Sinclair, CEO St Mungo's
Other speakers tbc
11:30 Coffee & Marketplace
Faith in Affordable Housing: How churches can work with others to provide affordable homes in the community, including using church-owned land
Church and Community Night Shelters: the value of temporary winter shelter for homeless people & how churches can get involved
Homeless Migrants and Refugees with no recourse to public funds. Responding to the need, including through hosting and other practical responses
Pastoral care for street homeless people: developing local partnerships, the role of a Christian Homeless Forum; sharing opportunities and connecting up with one another to ensure our voluntary responses are meeting real needs.
13:00 Lunch & Marketplace
14.00 Afternoon Plenary Report back from workshops, reflections, next steps and closing prayer
15:00 Roadshow ends
The Housing Justice AGM follows the Roadshow at 15:15. This is a free event but please book your place here so we know how many will be attending.
Some bursaries are available for students and other 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, activists 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 are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
* Coventry Station is a few minutes walk away.
* Coventry Central Hall does not have any parking on-site. However, there are a number of public car parks within a three minute walk of the hall. More details from their website.
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.