Heart is where the home is

Bristol is a city we can be proud of, but it has some big challenges. The biggest is housing. We launched the No Fixed Abode campaign to utilise social media and a series of stunts to raise awareness ahead of May’s local elections.

135 people slept rough in Bristol last night. Thousands of young people are sofa surfing, more commute miles because they can’t afford to live where they work. Bristol needs more than 16,000 affordable homes. The Council built 30 of these last year, and own more than 500 buildings and plots currently standing empty. Now is the time to raise public awareness of the crisis, and ask the sort of questions that prospective policy-makers and public servants can’t ignore. Hence our installation of giant numbers on College Green, blue plaques where the homeless sleep rough, an active Facebook page, and a website that gives a voice to those who are otherwise unheard.

I left prison and ended up in Bristol. Been clean from the drink and drugs that took me there in the first place, but finding it impossible - there’s very little support when you have no fixed abode.

Paul, Homeless

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