Help ACORN make sure that 'help for low income renters' really does help low income renters!

Bristol City Council are developing some training and support for those of us finding it hard to find, secure and maintain a roof over our heads. We know securing a house when you're on housing benefit or a low income is hard. We know insecurity in the private rental sector is the biggest cause of homelessness.

Now Bristol City Council want to help - but initiatives like this can end up ineffective at best, and harmful at worst IF WE DON'T INFLUENCE IT. The Council want to hear from us - so let's make sure we're heard!


"Dear Tenant/Client,

Invitation to a Meeting About Housing Issues – We Want Your Views

I am writing to invite you to come and talk to us about your experiences and the challenges in finding accommodation in Bristol and the type of training course and information that would be useful to you.

We recognise that it is difficult to find affordable accommodation in Bristol. We also know that even when people do find accommodation problems can arise. Examples are: trying to survive on a low income, understanding your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, difficulty paying the rent or claiming housing benefit, what to do about anti-social behaviour or problems with your property, your support needs and managing a tenancy.

We are going to develop a free training course that will help people with budgeting and money management issues, finding and holding on to accommodation, managing a tenancy, dealing with neighbourhood issues and accessing training and employment.

We would like your views and ideas about what would be useful and how we can make the training welcoming and accessible to people. We are not assuming that you will take up this training in the future but as someone who has experience of seeking accommodation or of homelessness we would really like your views.

We would like to invite you to come to a focus group to give us your views. The session will be relaxed and informal – this is all about getting your views and hearing what is important to you about housing and your aspirations for your future accommodation.

You will receive a £5 voucher to use at the Co-op and your bus fare will be reimbursed to you on the day. Let us know if you have any particular access or communication needs. Tea/coffee will be available.

The dates of the focus groups are :

Monday 18th May 2015, 10am to 12 noon at The Park, Daventry Road, Filwood, BS4 1DQ. Report to the main reception. Parking is available.

Wednesday 20th May, 4pm to 6pm at St James Priory, Whitson Street, Whitson Street, BS1 3NZ (next to Bristol Bus Station)"


  • May 18, 2015 at 10am – 12pm
  • The Park
    The Park Daventry Road
    Bristol, Avon BS4 1DQ
    United Kingdom
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  • Stuart Melvin

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