On Tuesday 13th September 2016 The Council Announced and Published the Agenda for the next Housing and New Homes Committee which is on Saturday 21st September at 4:30pm, Hove Town Hall.
We as a group have decided to Support Daniel the Secretary of ETHRAG with his vital 10 point plan to improve the security and standards in Emergency Accommodation which also recognises ETHRAG and The need for more resident involvement.
What Are The Proposed Improvements
1. Homemove Allocations for vulnerable persons in priority need with a duty of care should be awarded a higher banding than band C (the general band) when placed in Emergency Housing. I am looking for a band A priority.
2. More inspections of Emergency Accommodation to ensure the living standards meets the needs of the people occupying them.
3. The council to adopt a plan to bring emergency housing into public ownership by 2020. They MUST pledge to stop funding private landlords who only have an interest in profit.
4. I want the council to ask all applicants to complete surveys with all emergency housed people to ensure they have a voice.
5. The right to food, is a human right protecting the right for people to feed themselves in dignity, The council must ensure that emergency housing adequately meets the individual’s dietary needs. The current conditions do not allow for a healthy diet which can be a huge issue for vulnerable people.
6. I want the council to be radical and rather than spend millions of tax payers money in private sector emergency and temporary housing, they should build more storage container homes after the success of the BHT scheme in Brighton.
7. I want the council to ensure that all persons in emergency accommodation have access to the internet for free.
8. To revoke the rules on no visitors. Vulnerable people are isolated enough and this in my opinion is discrimination. Even Prisoners are allowed visitors.
9. For persons who are vulnerable the council MUST provide them with secure social housing to ensure they are able to live life free from FEAR and outside the Private Sector Property Scam.
10. Ensure hot water is available in emergency housing for persons to wash in comfort.
The Council on 24 March 2016 recommended that the Housing & New Homes Committee give due consideration to the following:-
1. An increase in the frequency of inspections of emergency accommodation and report on the outcome of these inspections at regular intervals to Housing & New Homes Committee;
2. That satisfaction surveys are undertaken with residents moving into emergency accommodation and the results reported back;
3. Exploring along with other relevant committees as a matter of priority the identification of sites and explore the development of council owned low cost emergency accommodation, either through a council owned company or directly owned by the council. That this exploration focuses on nontraditional, quick to build, construction such as the Y cube and containers be considered for these sites;
4. Undertaking a review of the no visitor rules and consider the outcome at a future meeting;
5. Adopting a policy of only using emergency accommodation in which hot water supply is guaranteed.
6. To acknowledge the Emergency & Temporary Housing Residents Action Group (ETHRAG) and work in partnership with the group and landlords to improve housing standards and quality of life for residents in emergency accommodation
7. To immediately establish an emergency accommodation board comprised of representatives from the Emergency & Temporary Housing Residents Action Group (ETHRAG), service providers, residents, landlords and elected members and council officers. The board will meet regularly to review conditions, complaints, evictions and to develop a strategic plan for recommendation to the Housing & New Homes Committee.”
The Council Have Provided a Report 8 Pages Long With No Supporting Documents.
You can review the Document Here
To summarise i’ve written a deputation to delay this report to the next meeting, below is the Deputation and Endorsors.
Daniel Harris Deputation Housing and New Homes Committee
Housing and New Homes Committee, Please consider this deputation in which I along with supporting current and previous residents ask for my common sense emergency accommodation proposals and subsequent Green & Tory Amendments be allowed to roll over into the next committee meeting.
Having spent this campaigning tirelessly for the voiceless and vulnerable this year, I feel that giving me less than 24 hours from release of the reports is not long enough for me, residents and service providers to fully review the recommendations proposed from the officers reports.
It seems appropriate that tenants with disabilities & health conditions should be involved in decisions that affect them. Considering recents events including two deaths and a fire it only seems fair that the council take this into account and makes adjustments so that tenants can have their say. At this time tenants need to feel reassured that the council has their safety & well-being in mind and should actively seek to involve. A delay would help this process.
The response from others like myself in emergency and temporary accommodation have phenomenal, so I went on to co ETHRAG which is a fully constitutionalised & democratic residents association. We have had two public meetings and will meet again until the 19th October, having discussed these points with ETHRAG residents, they/we feel that we as a group need time to discuss and agree a way forward.
I am also concerned with the 5 year local connection rule proposed, this would effect vulnerable LGBT people, who are enticed to Brighton and Hove for its equality and diversity vales, I hope the committee review these findings with the LGBT community in mind.
So I along with the following professionals, groups and concerned residents ask that this area of consideration be moved to the next meeting. We also invite Councillors to come along to a residents meeting to see the group in action.
Supported and Endoursed
Daniel Harris, Campaigner, ETHRAG Founder and Resident 3-5 Percival Terrace, BN2 1FA
Sheona Nicol, Chair ETHRAG, Resident Bay Tree, Lower Rock Gardens, BN2
Maggie Lindsay, ETHRAG Member, Mother & Resident Percival Terrace, BN2 1FA
Iona Schofield, ETHRAG Rep, Resident Percival Terrace
Anthony Coyne, Hidden Homeless Resident
The Living Rent Campaign,
LGBT Brighton & Hove Network
Aaron Hushie, Homeless Resident.
Chelsea Daltrey, ETHRAG Member,
Joanna Rowland – Stuart – Volunteer Policy Officer and Trans/Disability rep for Brighton LGBT Community Safety Forum.
Sonia Daltrey – ETHRAG Member,
Robert Anthony, East Brighton Ward Resident BN2 5DG
Miriam Binder, East Brighton Ward Reisdent
Leanne Long, ETHRAG Rep, BayTree Resident,
Sabina Taylor, ETHRAG Treasurer, BayTree Resident
Lina Tolbot, East Brighton Ward Resident
Kevin Chivers, 3 Seafield Road, BN3 2TN
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