Photo courtesy of Mark Brookes
Its objective is to support the provision of decent, secure, affordable and accessible accommodation in Frome for local people on low incomes who are being squeezed out by rising prices, stagnating wages and profit-led developments and practices.
FHfF wants to be an example of how local volunteer-led activism can create a positive can-do attitude and enable a rural town to maintain a diverse and vibrant community despite local and national socio-economic pressures.
FHfF was registered as a community interest company in May 2018, and currently employs three part-time workers based at an office in Frome Town Hall.
It’s work has been made possible by three generous funders – Frome Town Council, The Tudor Trust and The TDS Foundation – and also by partners such as The Big Red Bus Company and Wesley Church who have given support in kind; and by all the individuals in the town who have supported its aims and activities as benefactors and volunteers.
FHfF activities are led by volunteer steering groups in partnership with local organisations such as Fair Frome; Elim Connect; Mendip YMCA; Bridge Café; and Wessex CLT.
FHfF has also built strong links with the statutory sector at local, district and county levels, and holds regular briefing and consultation meetings with local political and community leaders.
Set up FACLT – the Frome and Area Community Land Trust – to create genuinely affordable homes owned in perpetuity by the local community.
Set up and ran Zero Nights, a winter shelter for homeless people.
Brought the Big Red Housing Bus to Frome, reaching out to homeless families around the town.
Set up the Frome Landlords Association, providing monthly events to help landlords offer a better service to their tenants.
Published a series of local information leaflets for tenants, lodgers, landlords and homeless people.
Carried out the Frome Housing Survey.
Reached over 37,000 individuals on social media.
Campaigned to keep housing issues in the public eye.