November 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].
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
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
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
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
- a 'Brew and Banter' drop in session hosted by York Residents'
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Week 2012 Programme.