Brighton and Hove residents club together to house migrants

I’ve written an article for the New Internationalist about Thousand 4 £1000, a project to crowdfund housing for vulnerable migrants in Brighton.

Started by Brighton Migrant Solidarity, Thousand 4 £1000 is a project of Brighton Migrant Solidarity is a community response to the enforced homelessness faced by some migrants who have no stable immigration status. The aim is to get 1000 people (or more!) to donate £1 a month in order to rent a house and provide a small income – a way of showing people that the community welcomes them.

Find out more about Thousand 4 £1000 here at the Brighton Migrant Solidarity website.

Read the full article on the New Internationalist website here.

Solar buses, Cornish language, post referendum racism and crowdfunded housing for migrants

I’ve been a bit rubbish about updating this blog with my writing lately so here’s a quick roundup:

From the last two issues of New Internationalist: The response to racism after the UK’s European Union referendum (September) and the fight to save the Cornish language after government cuts (October).

For Positive News I wrote about the Thousand 4 £1000 project, crowdfunded housing for migrants in Brighton who have no other means of support.

This week the Guardian Sustainable Business network published my article about The Big Lemon bus company and Brighton Energy Coop’s plan to bring electric buses to the streets of Brighton and Hove, powered by solar energy generated at the Big Lemon depot.

Podcast: Why is housing in such a state?

April’s New Internationalist podcast looks at the state of shelter – from Europe to the Philippines.

My most recent New Internationalist podcast features co-editor Dinyar Godrej in the Netherlands and Iris Gonzales in the Philippines.

Dinyar Godrej chatted with me about the causes of the global housing crisis, ‘generation rent’ and a worldwide wave of homelessness – as well as the need to rethink the dream of property ownership.

I also spoke to regular New Internationalist contributor Iris Gonzales who discusses the forced, and often violent, evictions of the residents of informal settlements in the Philippines. She explained what can happen to these displaced communities once they are removed, and how people are taking direct action for better housing rights.

If you’re interested in any of the issues around housing, why not take a listen here at the New Internationalist website?