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Residents invited to discuss local housing crisis

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12:01am 14th May 2012

Low-income York residents are facing a toxic mix of high rents, insufficient local housing benefit and cuts to services that prevent homelessness.

That's the message of York Welfare Campaign who are hosting a public debate on Monday about the situation facing many York residents.

The meeting will take place at the Friend's Meeting House in Friargate at 7.30pm.

Helen Graham from York Welfare Campaign, who will be chairing the meeting, says:

"There will be few people who live in York who don't know we're experiencing a housing crisis.

"Whether you're trying to buy your first home or whether you are trying to rent a family sized house; whether you are affected by unrealistically low levels of housing benefit or whether you are one of the increasing number of people without a home; it is clear that the lack of affordable housing is the biggest challenge York faces in being an inclusive and equitable city."

Panellists for the meeting include Rev Paul Wordsworth, the city's Homelessness Chaplain and co-ordinator of the 'City of Sanctuary' project, and Mike Hall from Leeds Tenants Federation who will be addressing the changes affecting access to Council Housing. Members of the public will be invited to explain their concerns and share ideas for developing an ongoing campaign.

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