Community organising in Birmingham
Shelter’s community organisers in Birmingham stand with
people to fight for home. We help people tackle the housing issues affecting
them in their own neighbourhoods, communities and city.
We support people with the skills, resources, knowledge and guidance to build people-powered campaigns to make change happen.
And we won’t stop until the housing emergency does.
The Birmingham Fair Housing Campaign
In Birmingham, our community organiser supports the Birmingham Fair Housing Campaign (BFHC). The campaign brings together people and organisations from across Birmingham. Its aim is to make sure everyone in Birmingham has an affordable, safe, and secure home as a human right.Join the Birmingham Fair Housing Campaign
The Birmingham Fair Housing Campaign has six demands:
we want social housing
we want rights for people in emergency and temporary accommodation
we want rights for renters
we want an end to discrimination
we want housing with compassion
we want an end to homelessness
United, our voices are powerful. Together we can make housing in Birmingham
fair for everyone. But it’s going to take all of us, together, to make it
My rent is expensive. Some weeks I go without food.
- Ruth, Northfield
I'm in temporary housing. My house is damp and rat infested. I feel we're living like animals.
- Suraiya, Aston
Story of the Birmingham Fair Housing Campaign
In 2020, Shelter Birmingham launched a listening campaign called Home Truths. We listened to the housing problems people in Birmingham were experiencing. We heard their views on what was needed to fix them.
Hundreds of people from across Birmingham shared their stories of the housing emergency. Through those stories people were able to identify the common housing problems they faced, and decide together what action is needed to fix them.
Fight for home across Birmingham
In February 2021, the Birmingham Fair Housing Campaign was born. It brought together people who had taken part in the Home Truths campaign. It also attracted support from other people and organisations across Birmingham.
Over four months, BFHC members interrogated the findings from the listening campaign. They heard from housing policy experts and drew on their own lived experiences. From this, they created the People's Manifesto for Fair Housing in Birmingham.
Other ways to get involved
Follow the Birmingham Fair Housing Campaign on Twitter.
The People’s Manifesto is endorsed by:
Birmingham Community and Tenants Union