Leeds Alternative Housing Advice Day

‘Take Control of your Housing’ ? that’s the message from organisers of
an information day in the centre of Leeds on Saturday 15th May.  The
aim of the event, being held at St John The Evangelist, next to the St
John’s Centre,  is for people in unsatisfactory housing to discover
options outside conventional social and private landlords and home
ownership.

Organiser, Helena Gonzales said, “people are welcome from 11am ? drop
by to learn about diverse housing and lifestyles. We’ll be showcasing
different ideas which allow individuals, families and groups to take
control of more aspects of their lives.  Our motto is ‘Do it Yourself’
and we want to show how people can do just that, even with very little
money.”

The event is free and will be a day of stalls, workshops and
discussions exploring issues such as self-build housing, housing
co-ops, boating, communal living, low-impact dwelling, squatting,
bringing up children in unusual situations and more.  The organisers
are individuals who themselves have experience of living in these
situations and want to share their skills and knowledge.

There will be a refreshments stall and participants are invited to an
evening meal afterwards at The Common Place social centre on Wharf
Street, LS1 – £3 non-members, £2 members.  For more information, see
the www.diyhousing.wordpress.com or call 0113 262 9365.

ENDS

Notes to the Editor:
1.      The day runs from 11am-6pm, 15th May at St John The Evangelist
deconsecrated church, 23 New Briggate, Leeds
2.      Contact Cath Muller for more information on the above number, or
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3.      The event is being funded by Cornerstone Housing Co-op and by
Groundswell, the charity which helps homeless people to help themselves
4.      Other contributors to the day include: Leeds Asylum-Seekers
Support
Network, LATCH (Leeds Action To Create Homes), SNARL (Squat Network&
Resource Library), Radical Routes (UK network of radical co-operatives
working for social change), LILAC (Low-Impact Living Affordable
Community ? Leeds’ Ecovillage project) and many more.