Hello Frome!

Are you concerned about the shortage of decent affordable housing for local people in our town?

Fair Housing for Frome (FHfF) are a community group who are running a campaign during 2017 to raise awareness of, and find solutions to the housing crisis in Frome.

To join in the discussions and activities, please visit our public forum

UPCOMING:


Showing of the Film “Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle”  Monday 6th November. Rook Lane Chapel – Bath Street, BA11 1DN. Free / Donations

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What if … Tiny Homes  – Featuring the Edspace
Monday 20th November, Rook Lane Chapel, 6-8pm

This meeting will be different. Part exhibition, part discussion. We will construct a “tiny home” originating from an Edventure Project called the ‘Edspace’ which you can explore in place. Other examples of tiny homes and other creative ideas individuals have thought up to solve their own housing need will be displayed and then we will facilitate a wide ranging discussion about original and unorthodox solutions to housing.


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PAST EVENTS

 JULY 17th. Meeting about HOMELESSNESS  in Town Hall –

Are you concerned about homelessness and poverty in Frome? 

 “Clearly something unique and horrendous is happening to the bottom end of our society” Frank Field MP told a group of government advisors at the end of June, sharing stories from his Birkenhead constituency that included: the child sent by its parents to scavenge food in a supermarket bin; the family who begged for candles at the food bank because they had no money for electricity; and the starving family whose baby was found crawling around on bare floorboards with nails sticking out.

Sadly the work of Fair Housing for Frome suggests that similar things are happening around us right now in Somerset, even if we don’t always see them. Long-term local families are facing eviction from their homes as rents continue to rise – even when one or more parent is in work. An 84 year-old woman was recently made homeless. Others are sleeping in tents around the town. Demand for the Fair Frome food bank continues to rise, and there are queues for the end-of-the-day bread that shops donate to Edventure’s Community Fridge.

 “The housing crisis in Frome is getting worse – and it’s often below the radar” says Mendip councillor Des Harris, one of the organisers of the upcoming event. “I’m hearing more and more stories of people struggling to survive in our town, whether they’re sofa-surfing or actually sleeping rough. 

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PREVIOUS EVENTS:  JUNE 19th. Meeting about Shared Living in Town Hall – details

FOLLOW UP  from the Shared Living  Meeting on 26th June – Details

Landlords Meeting September 18th at the Three Swans Pub, King St. 6-8pm

Calling all Frome landlords and prospective landlords

  • Are you trying to balance the need for a steady return on your property with the wish to offer a decent affordable home to your tenants?
  • Are you interested in opportunities to swap notes with other landlords, get up to date with the latest legislation, and find access to information and support?

At 6pm on Monday 18th September, Fair Housing for Frome is hosting an informal get-together upstairs at the Three Swans to look at these issues, and to explore the possibility of setting up a Fair Landlords scheme in Frome.

All private landlords/prospective landlords are very welcome to join us. Please help by spreading the word.


NEXT Public Event SEPTEMBER 25th. Meeting about Tenants and Landlords  in Town Hall 

Our next meeting will be held from 6-8pm on Monday 25th September at Frome Town Hall on the subject of Tenants and Landlords. As social housing becomes more and more difficult to access, can the private sector take the strain? This meeting will be of particular interest to anyone who is a tenant. Join us to share your views and experiences (good and bad) and to discuss what can be done to improve the situation.


Mendips Landlords Training Day On the 5th October 2017, from 9:30am – 16:00pm 

Elim Connect Centre Portway, Wells BA5 2BE

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OCTOBER Public Event OCTOBER 23RD. Meeting about CREATING NEW HOMES  in Town Hall 

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At the hustings for the June election Toby Eliot asked the question. “What do you intend to do to provide affordable housing for the young and single households?”