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York Housing Week 30/10/2012

York Housing WeekNovember 5-9 will be an exciting and busy week for ARCH member York City Council, when it holds its first Housing Week.

The week will bring tenants and residents together with housing providers and developers to debate the housing challenges facing the city and to showcase a host of good practice initiatives. There's a special invitation to ARCH members  to attend some of the free events [see below].


Housing Summit


The week's focus will be a Housing Summit on Thursday 8 November, where landlords, developers and key partners will look at the main housing challenges facing the city and consider how to 'Get York Building', and agree priorities and future actions for the city.

Steve Waddington, Assistant Director Housing & Community Safety says "maximising housing supply is a key priority for us as well as looking at the central role housing plays in the city's economic and social wellbeing."

To help set the scene for Thursday's main summit, there are two preparatory events led by respected York-based social researchers.

On Monday there will be a Private Rented Sector Summit, chaired by Dr Julie Rugg, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Housing Policy, University of York, where the invited stakeholders will consider how to raise standards, access and investment.

The following day John Hocking, Executive Director of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, will be leading a workshop for invited stakeholders focused on York's housing market and housing supply.


Varied programme


To accompany these major events, the Council is holding a variety of other housing-related events, including:

  • the launch of the Tenant Scrutiny Panel with a taster session for interested tenants
  • the naming ceremony for the first new council homes built in York for 20 years
  • a guided tour of York's housing through the ages with the City Archaeologist
  • a 'Brew and Banter' drop in session hosted by York Residents' Federation.

Full details of all events can be found in the Housing Week 2012 Programme, and you can follow the events on Twitter: #yorkhousingweek.




Yorhome social lettings agency

HouseMark members interested in setting up a social letting agency are invited to celebrate the third anniversary of York's social letting agency - Yorhome - on Monday 5 November (2-5pm).

This event is aimed at sharing best practice and will show you how to get started in setting up your own social letting agency with an opportunity to ask questions as well as meet representatives from our finance, housing benefits and housing standards departments together with Yorhome landlords, landlord liaison and the local police.

Places are free but limited. If you are interested in booking a place please contact Claire Baron, Yorhome letting agent on (01904) 554563, 07717 157089 or

If you can't attend but would like a copy of the presentation or information, Claire can arrange to have a paper version sent to you free of charge, or on disk for a small charge of £5.


Visit hostels for homeless people


On Wednesday and also on Friday 9 November, a series of open house sessions for York residents and professionals will be running at four hostels for homeless people across the city. Peaseholme Centre will be celebrating three years of support people to manage their own tenancy and train for work, while Howe Hill Hostel and the Scarcroft Project help young people prepare for independent living. Sessions at Arc Light are being run for professionals only. Booking details for each visit are given in the Housing Week 2012 Programme.

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