- What is your legal status?
- What will you do with the money?
- How do you decide who to support?
- How will you support the people you house?
- How much of my money will be spent on admin costs?
- How are the people supported involved in the running of the project?
- Doesn’t the Immigration Act 2016 make it illegal to rent to irregular migrants?
- Will you share my data with other organisations?
- How do I keep up to date with the project?
- How do I get involved?
The aim of the project is to find homes in Brighton for people otherwise denied access to accommodation because of their immigration status. We think that a good society is a diverse, welcoming society. Nobody should be made homeless for crossing borders. We believe that many small acts of solidarity can add up to make a big difference to how our society works. That’s why we are asking the community to make homes out of their small change. Together we can make space for all.
Thousand 4 £1000 was set-up by Brighton Migrant Solidarity. Brighton Migrant Solidarity, is a grassroots group of no borders activists aiming to make Brighton a space for all. You can find out more information about what they do here: brightonmigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com
We are a registered charity, no 1171590. Technically we are a charitable incorporated organisation. We have a constitution and a Board of Trustees. You can find more information about this legal structure on the Charity Commission’s website.
The short answer is that we will use it to provide stable, long-term accommodation for people who have no legal means of housing themselves in Brighton. The slightly longer answer is that we have around £1000/month and we are currently renting a two bedroom flat in Brighton and covering the living costs of another person in one of their friend’s houses.
£1000 a month does not go very far in Brighton, so, if you know anybody who is prepared to let accommodation below the market rate, do please get in touch. We are working with other organisations in Brighton to find supportive landlords. We estimate that, at current levels of need, we in fact need £5000/month. Of course, as the provision expands, so does need. Our new aim is £10,000/month. Please help us make that happen by donating to the project.
The detailed answer starts with the observation that we are going to fit the scheme to the users and not the users to the scheme. There are more people in Brighton denied access to housing than can be housed for £1000/month. Some of those people can be housed through other schemes. Our current modus operandi is to house people with straightforward routes to status through hosting schemes, such as ours, Room for Refugees and Refugees at Home. People with less clear routes to status, which is to say people in need of long-term support, we house in rented accommodation. We hope to be able to buy our own house by next year.
This is a very difficult question. We do not want to go around ranking levels of desert. However, although there are a large number of people made homeless for crossing the border in Brighton, many of them are able to find reasonable accommodation solutions through informal support networks and the kindness of strangers. We are looking to provide accommodation for people who are, for whatever reason, unable to access that kind of support. We believe that we can raise enough money to at least keep those people housed.
We work very closely with different organisations in Brighton, Voices in Exile, Sanctuary on Sea, Refugee Radio and the Migrant English Project. We key the people that we house into these different projects. We also already have experience supporting individuals. This is work we are looking to expand and improve. We have enough volunteers to make sure that anybody we house receives regular contact from us. We help people deal with the bureaucratic, legal and emotional hurdles to building a secure life for themselves in Brighton.
None. We are an entirely voluntary organisation. Nobody gets paid. We are doing this because we want to make Brighton a space for all. We do separate fundraising to cover our publicity costs. Feel free to contribute to that, but if you subscribe to the project all of your monthly contribution will go towards somebody’s housing costs.
At the moment some of the people housed by the project are helping to fund raise and come to our meetings. It is difficult, however, to manage something that you need. In an ideal world, former residents will be our trustees. We are still in the early stages of development, but the key principle is to fit the project around the people who need it and not the other way around.
The 2016 immigration bill is a nasty, pernicious, racist piece of legislation. As part of its “border everywhere” agenda, it criminalises letting accommodation to someone if they “require permission to be in the UK and do not have it”. The act also criminalises renting accommodation when you know that it will be occupied by somebody without the “right to rent” (this is an extension on the 2014 act). Many of the people who we seek to house, we think, should be granted “permission to rent”. The advice we have from leading housing and immigration solicitors, Anthony Gold LLP, is that a tenancy between us, an organisation, and a landlord would not constitute a residential tenancy agreement, nor would any licence which we issued to people to be on the premises (as long as we were not charging them anything). As a consequence, the act will not affect us. There is no problem having guests in your own home. This is another reason why we want to buy a house.
No. We care about privacy. We will neither sell nor share your data with anyone else. If you set up a standing order, then, unlike with a direct debit, we have no access to your bank account. We will keep no record of your bank details. The East Sussex Credit Union are regulated by the F.S.A. They will keep your bank details secure. Our email newsletter is hosted by “Autistici,” a non-commercial, security-conscious tech activist collective.
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11. I want to get involved in the project, how can I do that?
We would love to have you. You can find out how to contact us here