Thank you to everyone for making the launch of the Housing Forum such a success. It was great to get together people and groups from across to city to talk about one of the most urgent issues we face as a community.
On the evening we collectively decided to focus our initial conversations on local policy and community voices; the conditions and affordability of the private rented sector; home, housing and belonging; empty rooms and properties; the national political context; and the housing needs of marginalised and excluded groups. Out of these discussions, the following recommendations were made to take the Housing Forum forward:
- Make the Housing Forum a regular event.
- Develop ways to allow participants to communicate between Forums.
- Work to involve marginalised voices in discussion.
- Investigate ways to better support students in the private rented sector.
- Collate and share existing resources and research on the housing situation in the city.
- Conduct research to fill in our gaps in knowledge.
- Support initiatives to give communities a voice in housing developments.
- Build links with other universities who have expertise in housing.
- Explore non-market forms of housing provision.
- Investigate empty spaces and properties in the city.
We will take these ideas forward in our next meetings. The next Housing Forum will be on Wednesday 20th June. We will focus on collating and sharing existing resources and research on the housing situation in the city and identifying what gaps there are our knowledge.