(This is the text of a flyer regarding an event in Hastings to be held on Wednesday, 27th April)
Housing in the UK is reaching crisis point. The current policy agenda which favours privatization across sectors, rising house prices, the disappearance of large amounts of social housing and pressure on limited availability of housing stock, particularly in the South East, has led to growing demand for private rented accommodation. When this is not available to people we see a rise in instances of rough sleeping and homelessness. Having a ‘home’ is a basic human need and listed as a human right but acquiring and keeping one can become an insurmountable challenge.
This event, on Wednesday 27th April, will bring together tenants, landlords, community residents, councillors, academics and professionals working with homelessness to look at the particular challenges within private rented accommodation. It will present a piece of research recently conducted in Hastings into the difficulties facing those offering and using rented housing and share the perspectives of tenants, landlords and those working to ensure housing supply. It is one of a number of forums run by the Hastings Exchange which seeks to bring different forms of knowledge to bear on an issue of shared concern. Through a mix of presentations, workshops and panel debates the forum aims to apply research findings and community based knowledge to the problem in hand and help develop future research partnerships.
This is a free event and all are welcome, refreshments will be provided.
Hastings Exchange Forum
1.30-6.00pm, Wednesday 27th April 2016
University of Brighton
Havelock Road Lecture Theatre
Hastings TN34 1BE
Please register your attendance with Hastings-Exchange@brighton.ac.uk