“Good homes require more than bricks and mortar.”
That is the message that a group of young Salfordians have taken to Parliament.
Over two years, the group of young adults have used their experience of homelessness, temporary accommodation and housing services to design change for other people.
Working with decision-makers in Salford, the group produced Your Good Home, a magazine that inspires people to create a home and Good Homes in Good Places, a proposal for a Homes Strategy that reflects on their experiences. This was driven by the group wanting stability and security for all children.
The group was invited to address the Households in Temporary Accommodation All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), whose Secretary is Rebecca Long Bailey, the M.P. for Salford and Eccles.
“The group generated ideas so innovative that they have attracted attention from decision-makers not only in Greater Manchester, but nationally”, said Laura Edwards from Unlimited Potential, who facilitated the project.
The group spoke to the APPG in Parliament, with charities and government departments in attendance. They explained what their ideas could mean for reducing homelessness and improving temporary accommodation.
“The group reflects that a good home might have prevented their homelessness – so narrow focuses on housing must be broadened to good homes.” said Ms. Edwards. “Their vision calls for a focus on ensuring that wherever someone lives is a good home; a place where all, especially children, can be safe and well.”
The project was funded by Salford City Council, and the visit was supported by Salix Homes, Salford City Council and ForHousing.