The Journey to 100 Beds in 100 days
Marvin Rees launched the City Office in 2016 with the aim of bringing together organisations across the city to work in new ways to tackle challenging issues. Its first priority is to address the growing homelessness problem in the city.
On the 1st January representatives from the community, Golden Key, United Communities, Bristol City Council, Bristol Health Partners, St Mungos, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, Crisis Centre and Business West set about the challenge of creating an additional 100 Beds in 100 days to increase housing provision for rough sleepers.
To date, the faith community have stepped up to create a winter shelter program, and this has been covered in a number of media outlets:
Bristol launches ‘spectrum of activity’ to tackle homelessness
Housing crisis is first focus of Labour mayor’s new ‘City Office’, which aims to bring together key agencies to target major issues…
ITV West Country
Bristol churches open doors to homeless
Churches across Bristol are opening their doors at night to ease the city’s homeless crisis. Mayor Marvin Rees has called the plight of those on the streets ‘an embarrassment’ and has led an appeal to find an extra 100 beds in 100 days…
100 beds to be found in 100 days for homeless
Mayor Marvin Rees’ City Office hopes to find an extra 100 beds in as many days for the homeless and vulnerable, which so far has been aided by many business, faith and community groups, social landlords and housing associations across the city…
In addition, a number of social housing providers have stepped up to make allocations of housing for rough sleepers and a number of businesses have come forward with offers of support. We have been particularly grateful to the Bristol Property Agents Association who have helped spread the request for properties suitable for guardianship schemes to its members.
Achieving the 100 beds in 100 days was always going to be a challenge. As we move closer to the 100 day mark on the 10th April more examples of the city coming together to tackle this issue will become a reality.
Watch this space.