City tenants in food bank appeal

By on 03/02/2014 in News

Members of Birmingham City Council's Housing Liaison Board are working in partnership with local food banks to provide food over the winter months to families in crisis.

For six weeks from 20 January to 28 February, the board is collecting food with support from city council staff and repairs partners Mears and Wilmott Dixon who are also supporting the food bank initiative nationally.

Food can be takes to council offices at:

  • North Letting Suite 599-603 College Road, Kingstanding B44 0AY
  • East Letting Suite, Bromford Neighbourhood Office, Cameronian Croft, Bromford B36 8UB
  • South Letting Suite Monmouth Road, Bartley Green B32 3LX
  • Central West Letting Suite Botany Walk, Ladywood B16 8ED
  • Local Customer Service offices:
  • Northfield – 1A Vineyard Road B31 1PG
  • Handsworth – 12 Dawson Road B21 9HS
  • Erdington, Civic house – 101 Sutton New Road, B23 6RE
  • Sparkbrook _ Sparkbrook Community and health Centre, Grantham Road, Sparkbrook B11 1LU

Chair of the City Housing Liaison Board and Yardley Wood resident Joan Goodwin said: “We know that in times of austerity some people have been turning to food banks for help. We thought we should support this work.”

Robert James, Service Director, Housing added “Many people are struggling to make ends meet and it's heartening that council tenants through the City Housing Liaison Board have chosen to work with our repair partners to help in this way.”

In addition to organising the food bank collection, board members have been working closely with tenants affected by welfare reforms, offering advice and guidance. They will be piloting advice from the end of February.

Notes to Editors

The City Housing Liaison Board (City HLB) brings together representatives from each of the individual HLBs across the city.

They have an important role. The City HLB is the leading body for consultation on all citywide housing matters and provides a vital link between housing services and our tenants and leaseholders on policy issues. As well as influencing policy, the City HLB has a part to play each year in setting rents and assessing budgets

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