BBRC exists to provide innovative finance solutions to some of Bristol’s trickiest problems, and homelessness as part of the wider ‘Housing Crisis’ is high up our priorities list.

Our Chief Executive Ed Rowberry has contributed to Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol’s, new ‘City Office’ initiative to unite the city to tackle homelessness through an inclusive form of city governance which gets people from all different sectors involved, reflecting BBRC’s own views on civic-led regional change.

We recognise that homelessness is the result of a complex range of issues, but is currently being exacerbated in Bristol by economic factors, as Ed Rowberry told the Bristol Post.  Increasing private rented sector evictions are one of the factors creating an ever-increasing ‘bottleneck’, as rough sleeper numbers increase and waiting lists for supported and social housing are overloaded.

BBRC is working on a number of potential housing projects to deliver social housing as well as affordable private rental housing in accordance with ACORN’s Ethical Lettings Charter, such as the Dunmail development in Southmead.  We’re committed to doing everything we can to alleviate the housing crisis in Bristol and the wider region.

Shorter term, BBRC has also been actively involved in putting together one of the flagship homelessness projects to be adopted by the City Office, which originated from a gap analysis into Bristol’s homelessness provision jointly commissioned by BBRC and Crisis Centre Ministries.    BBRC is now delighted to be working in conversation with the Golden Key initiative to contribute to delivering a short-term winter night shelter as one facet of their proposal for systemic change for homelessness in Bristol.

Ultimately, we aim to be a catalyst for long-term, sustainable change to the housing system by engaging with associated economic and social issues through brokering social investment – see our ‘Homes & Communities‘ local priority to find out more about our vision for the city.

Written by Claire Fenner, BBRC Project Manager