Empty Homes events in Birmingham and York plus local elections

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In this edition of Action on Empty Homes news, we have some key diary dates for the week beginning 29th April with a new publication launch, an international seminar and upcoming local elections, all raising the profile of the empty homes issue in England.

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Two Empty Homes events and local elections - April 29th to May 3rd

There are two empty homes focused events taking place on the week beginning 29 April and lots of local elections. All in all, it makes for a week of action that will raise the profile of empty homes and move the issue up the policy agenda.

Empty Homes - Community Solutions: International Perspectives

On Tuesday 30 April the University of Birmingham’s Housing and Communities Research Network will be hosting: Empty Homes - Community Solutions: International Perspectives, from 2pm to 4.30pm.
Contact Helen Harris h.m.a.harris@bham.ac.uk if you want to attend.
Experts from Spain, Japan and England will provide fresh perspectives on the scope and benefits of community engagement with empty homes
Professor David Mullins, who has organised the event says:
“We are keen to involve housing policy makers, practitioners and activists in debates informed by academic research on key current housing issues. After a decade of research and knowledge exchange on community engagement in bringing empty homes into use we are delighted to convene an international panel on this topic.”
For more information visit: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/chasm/research/housing-communities/events/2018-2019/empty-homes.aspx

Community action on empty homes - Using empty homes to regenerate communities

We are holding this free event for all those interested in taking action on empty homes. It takes place on Thursday 2nd May 2019 in York, from 10.45am to 4.00pm at Friends Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL
To book your place please email Brighid Carey: brighid.carey@emptyhomes.com
Action on Empty Homes will launch the final report from our 3-year study of community- based approaches to bringing empty homes into use. You can hear from national speakers and from the community-based projects we followed, who show that many types of communities can work in partnership with others to bring empty homes into use, to provide training and support for local people and to deliver secure affordable homes for people to live in. For more information visit our website

Local elections and empty homes policy

On the same day, local elections will be taking place across England. Action on Empty Homes has been focusing on the 20 authorities that have had the biggest rise in empty homes numbers in the last year. We are pressing for all those standing in the elections to address the issue of empty homes and calling for more government action on the issue. We know that officers are working within the resources the local elected members give to them – over the next year, we aim to engage in a policy discussion with all parties about how to tackle the recent worrying rise in empty homes figures.

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