Housing summit part 1: practical Parish Responses

We held the first part of our Housing Summit on Thurs 29th April, 2021.

Here are the resources from that evening.

The recording of the event is below here.

Presentations

Information & Contacts for Speakers

Jon Kuhrt is the Faith Advisor on Rough Sleeping for the Government. Email him here.

His blog is HERE.

Jacob Quagliozzi is Director for England for Housing Justice. Email him here.

You can sign up to their Winter Night Shelter newsletter HERE and the London e-newsletter HERE

Rose Hickman manages the Home for Good Volunteer Befriending Project at The Passage. Email her here.

Adeola Ogunade runs Hope4All Housing Surgeries church training events. Email her here.

A blog about her work is HERE.

Jenna Roberts manages the Housing Justice Hosting Scheme. Email her here.

Ed Walker runs Hope into Action, helping churches give homes to those who are homeless. Email him here.

We heard from experience of those in churches across the Diocese:

  • Claire from St James Piccadilly who are setting up a befriending project for volunteers with The Passage
  • Fr Ben Kerridge, Holy Innocents Hornsey, who has been part of the Hosting Scheme with Housing Justice
  • Fr Joseph Fernandes, from St Hilda’s Ashford, who is using a church house in the parish to house women coming out of prison, in partnership with Hope into Action

Resources and Reading

“Why the church should prevent homelessness not just react to it”

A helpful article, summarising much of the themes of this evening, originally written for the Housing Justice website, can be found HERE.

The Coming Home Report

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing’s report, “Coming Home” , and associated resources, can be found HERE.

“Why the Church should Care About Housing” Grove booklet

This Grove Booklet by +Graham Tomlin can be ordered HERE

Practical Responses

Housing Justice have put together a brilliant resource helping the local church think about practical responses to homelessness and housing issues. You can download it HERE.

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All the presentations from this evening and further practical resources about the projects mentioned and more will be posted here shortly.

prayer

“Unless the Lord builds the house, the labourers labour in vain” (Psalm 127)

Believing that prayer changes things, we are setting up a prayer network of people who want to commit to praying for the housing crisis and those who are vulnerably housed in our city.

We’ll issue bi-monthly prayer updates of specifics to pray for. Our first one will be issued in May.

If you would like to join, or you have things we can be praying for please let us know HERE, marking your email “prayer”.

KEEPING IN TOUCH

To hear about more support we offer churches in their work serving their local communities compassionately and working for justice, sign up to our monthly newsletter HERE.

Next Events

Housing Summit part 2: Prophetic Action and Pushing for Change: Using our voice for a better vision for housing

  • Thurs 16th Sept 7.30pm-9pm on zoom
  • Book HERE

Housing Summit part 3: Putting Our Own House in Order: Affordable housing and use our land wisely

  • Thurs 4th Nov 7.30pm-9pm on zoom
  • Book HERE