HOMELESSNESS MEETING AT FROME TOWN HALL, 24 OCTOBER 2019
Over fifty people came to Frome Town Hall on 24th October for an evening of presentations and discussion about the problem of homelessness in Frome, chaired by Councillor Ali Barclay. Speakers included:
- Rachel Inman (Elim Connect Centre) on a new scheme called Housing First
- Suzanne Addicott (Elim Connect Centre) on plans for an emergency winter shelter in Frome 2019-20
- Sioux How (Fair Housing for Frome) on a research project into advice services for vulnerable people
- Melanie Dalton (Fair Housing for Frome) on the upcoming Frome Housing Noticeboard
- Lenka Grimes (Fair Frome) on what Fair Frome can offer to homeless people
- Alison Murdoch (Fair Housing for Frome) on a new information leaflet about homelessness
The evening concluded with an extensive Q&A. You can read notes of the meeting here.
LET’S CREATE SOME GENUINELY AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN FROME
Did you know that Frome now has its own Community Land Trust, set up to acquire buildings and land that will then be developed in the way that local people choose, and made available at genuinely affordable rents? 85 people attended the launch meeting on 1 August: you can find out more, stay up to date with latest news and buy a £1 share in FACLT (the Frome Area Community Land Trust) at www.FromeAreaCLT.org. FACLT has been set up by Fair Housing for Frome – please give it your support.
FHfF INFORMATION LEAFLETS
If you’re a current or prospective tenant or lodger in Frome, or if you want to know what services are available for people who are homeless, we hope you will find these information sheets helpful:
FHfF Landlords leaflet October 2019
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED THE BIG RED HOUSING BUS
FHfF was delighted to secure funding from the Frome People’s Budget to bring a vintage Routemaster bus to Frome from April 6th – 10th. The Big Red Housing Bus was parked in a range of local venues to raise awareness of housing and homelessness issues and reach out to families and individuals in housing need. Here are a few of the many photos, to give you a taste. Big thanks to our amazing volunteer team who made the project possible; to local organisations such as Frome Valley Cleaners and Homebase who donated goods and services to stretch the budget that little bit further; and to partners such as Elim Connect Centre who provided a housing surgery on the bus, the Children’s Festival who provided family friendly activities, Frome Town Council who lent us gazebos, bunting, garden furniture and the smoothie bike, the governors of Vallis and Christchurch Schools who allowed us to park the Bus in their car parks, and organisations such as Shelter, Fair Frome, Mendip YMCA and SDAS who enabled us to provide a comprehensive information resource on the Bus. Thank you also to the Mayor for opening the Bus on Saturday 6th April!
FROME LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION
Frome Landlords Association held its inaugural event at Frome Town Hall on 21st January with a lively discussion about ‘What does it take to be a good landlord?‘ The answer was: not just fair rent levels, but also building relationships with your tenants, encouraging communication, and respecting the fact that it’s not just a property but a home.
The new Association has a variety of aims, which include enabling Frome landlords to share problems and solutions, to offer a high quality service, and to explore how landlords can be a force for good in the town. See FROME LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION Objectives Jan 2019
A six-month programme of events Jan – June 2019 included a training evening on how to manage the terms of a tenancy and any rent arrears, and a chance to talk about regulation with members of of Mendip’s Private Sector Housing Team, as well as informal opportunities to meet other landlords, share tips and experiences, and explore how to develop and grow the Association. We are now discussing next steps. This FHfF project was kindly funded by the TDS Charitable Foundation. For the full listings: FROME LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION Programme Jan to June 2019
Fair Housing for Frome (FHfF) is a grassroots organisation that began in November 2015 when a group of local people met to discuss the housing crisis in our town. Its objective is to support the provision of decent, secure, affordable and accessible accommodation in Frome for local people on low incomes who are being squeezed out by rising prices, stagnating wages and profit-led developments and practices. FHfF wants to be an example of how local volunteer-led activism can create a positive can-do attitude and enable a rural town to maintain a diverse and vibrant community despite local and national socio-economic pressures.
17th May 2019 was the first anniversary of Fair Housing for Frome becoming an independent legal organisation, and we’d like to say a very big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our activities over the past 12 months.
What has FHfF been doing over the past year?
- set up FACLT – the Frome and Area Community Land Trust – to create genuinely affordable homes owned in perpetuity by the local community
- set up and ran Zero Nights, a winter shelter for homeless people
- brought the Big Red Housing Bus to Frome, reaching out to homeless families around the town
- set up the Frome Landlords Association, providing monthly events to help landlords offer a better service to their tenants. 39 landlords have taken part to date.
- published a series of local information leaflets for tenants, lodgers and homeless people, available from the Town Hall and online
- carried out the Frome Housing Survey
- reached out to over 37,000 individuals on social media
- campaigned to keep housing issues in the public eye
How to get involved :