With changes to welfare reforms and the growing private rental sector in York, our city and residents are facing the pressures when it comes to making ends meet, and living sustainably. This years Housing Week looks to focus on the important part that housing plays when it comes to poverty, and how it can be alleviated for residents.
For five days, between 14-18 October a series of events, talks and debates will take place in order to bring the issue to the spotlight and highlight immediate solutions that residents can take, whilst creating and developing future strategies. Talks and debates during the week will look to explore and address homelessness, mental health, housing options for the elderly and the impact of the welfare reform. Those professionals, stakeholders and agencies joining for the talks will help provide ideas and solutions that can be taken forward by the council’s Poverty and Financial Inclusion boards with the intention to be put into action.
Throughout the week, one key event welcomes residents to ‘Small change – big savings’ coffee and advice sessions. Taking place in community centres across the city, these sessions will give the opportunity for you to meet with the local Resident Association and get useful tips and advice looking at housing options, energy bills, welfare changes and banking, all providing steps to loosen the pressure on the purse strings.
Other events open to the public include the M4Walls camper van situated at Parliment Street on Monday, providing information on affordable housing options, and the Tenancy Fair taking place on Tuesday 15, with further tips and a brush up on what you should expect when privately renting.
City of York Council will also be launching an anti-Loan Shark Charter, hoping to tackle to issue of door-step lenders that target vulnerable people and encourage information on regulated borrowing options, to prevent a growing problem.
The aim of the week will hope to see immediate solutions for residents whilst also looking to the future, and what the City of York Council can start putting in place to prevent a growing issue from blooming.
A full list of events and venues can be found on the City of York Council website on their Housing Week page.