Hope Housing Bridlington is a charity, formed by the 20 Anglican churches of Bridlington Deanery – that is, the churches of Bridlington and its surrounding villages, on the coast of beautiful East Yorkshire. Our members are elected by the churches, and they in turn appoint the Trustees, who all have leadership roles in the churches. We share a mission to Reach, Grow and Sustain – that is, to reach people the churches aren’t reaching at the moment; to grow in numbers and depth of faith; and to sustain our work into the future by generous giving of time and money. Our object is the prevention or relief of poverty among homeless and poorly housed people in Bridlington and the surrounding district by the provision of accommodation and general counselling, mentoring, advice and signposting to relevant education and training. We aim to help people through a difficult stage in their lives so that they can move into independent living in due course. We want to do all this in the light of Christ and in his power, aiming to share our faith appropriately in words and action.
Church members have been generous in their giving from the word go, and we had a sizeable pot of money to work with before we’d even opened a bank account! Green Pastures has bought us two three-bedroomed houses to lease, which we have upgraded and equipped, and we have appointed a 30-hour-per-week Housing Support Officer. Other charities and agencies in the town are supporting us enthusiastically, and we will have no shortage of referrals of people to house.
The town has long had a fluctuating population of homeless people, and churches and charities in Bridlington provide hot meals, equipment and advice every day of the week, but there was a desire to make more of a difference. We love to see formerly homeless people securely housed with hope and a future, and we want to introduce them to the Lord Jesus as we do this – “What you do for the least of my brothers and sisters,” he said, “you do for me.”
We will continue to build up our expertise and our reputation as we help a flow of people into secure tenancies and rebuilt lives. Then maybe it will be time to start looking for more property!