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Fair Housing for Frome launches the next stage of its campaign

Over 50 people took part in a ‘call to action!’ meeting held at Frome Town Hall on 30th April, when Fair Housing unveiled plans for the next two years of their campaign.

Events over the past year revealed how critical the housing situation is for many local people. But they also generated a wealth of ideas for ways to help people hit by spiralling rents and house prices, and lack of affordable or appropriate housing.

Fair Housing’s 12-point plan includes action to support people at risk of homelessness, working with landlords and tenants to improve the way private renting operates in the town, and campaigning for more new or refurbished housing that is genuinely affordable.

Volunteer Mel Dalton, who is now a board member said, “Since I got involved in this project, I’ve heard so many heart-rending stories, for example from families desperate for a decent home or terrified of eviction.But I’m also heartened by the incredible sense of community we are capable of in Frome. So many people want to help in some way.”

Another project discussed at the meeting was the promotion of lodging and a scheme called ‘Homeshare’. Board member Bill Palmer explained, “There are quite a large number of home-owners in Frome, often from the older generation, who live on their own and have spare bedrooms. At the same time, there are many younger people who are looking for a room at a rent they can afford. Some of the home-owners would welcome a bit of extra income, but may be reluctant to take in a lodger. Others may like some help with the shopping and housework in return for rent. Homeshare is a scheme that helps homeowners and potential lodgers negotiate and manage an arrangement that works for both of them.”

The meeting also heard about and discussed plans to develop ‘tiny homes’ and other forms of low cost and community-led housing.

The organisers were delighted with the number and range of people who came along and took part in the lively discussions and debate. At the end of the meeting, nearly everyone made offers of support for the ongoing campaign. Cllr Ali Barclay, who is chair of  the board said, “Although it’s wonderful that we have managed to secure some funding for the next two years, a small group like ours can’t impact on such a huge national problem on our own. But Frome has such a vibrant civil society, so many people willing to pitch in and share their ideas, commitment and expertise. It’s by bringing together the people who care that we’re going to make a real difference.”

To find out more, you can join the mailing list at www.fairhousingforfrome .org.uk or find them on Facebook.

One Response to Fair Housing for Frome launches the next stage of its campaign

  1. David Edwards

    May 15, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Good to see a start. Whether you are letting a 2000 a month luxury flat sorry apartment or a 90 a week basic bedsit acute shrtage of housing transcends cultural and class boundaries.

    Everyone is affected such that there needs to be imposed new build and the mandatory restoration of existing houses

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