Buckingham Free Food & Housing

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Decent temporary shelter, food and health care for citizens with no home

Note that the BFFH (Buckingham Free Food & Housing) will be just one of the few properties belonging to the Queen´s Private Estate that will be repurposed.  More royal palaces such as Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral, as well as properties of the Crown Estate, will be susceptible to being expropriated and redesigned to tackle the national welfare/housing emergency.

Buckingham Palace will become decent temporary shelter for citizens with no home. It will also be open day and night to the general public and volunteers willing to collaborate and enjoy work in the kitchens, dining rooms, baths and organic orchards.

With its 775 rooms, 79 bathrooms and 39 acres garden,  Buckingham Palace will be repurposed to cover public essential housing, nutrition and hygiene needs.

The Buckingham Free Food & Housing will make life easier and cheaper for UK taxpayers.  Less taxes will also create more jobs as a result.
London has the highest rate of homelessness, and it is growing fastest in the Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, and north-west England. But the real level of people with no home is notoriously difficult to measure. Converting Buckingham Palace into a space of cooperation, with public and accesible hygiene and shelter in the heart of Central London will have a deeply positive impact in the social landscape of the city.

The government says it is investing £1.2bn to tackle homelessness but the expenditure strategy is not working well enough.
Opening Buckingham to people who can´t afford to pay a basic rent for a house guarantees a healthier and more tolerant society. By contrast, keeping it as a palace of luxury for a few creates uncertainty and risk.

Buckingham Free Food & Housing will also make it more attractive for companies to invest in the UK, meaning more jobs.  This will also bring more tourism since it will be the first time in history that a Palace is turned into an open public space of food, shelter, organic orchards, tolerance and solidarity.

In 2019 there were 277,000 homeless people in England , including 83,700 homeless households living in temporary accommodation, which includes 61,700 families and more than 124,000 children.

Home ownership is in decline – the English Housing Survey shows that 63.5% of households owned their own homes in 2017/18, down from 68% a decade ago.
At the same time the average home in England costs eight times more than the average annual pay packet and the share of income that young families spend on housing has trebled over the last 50 years.

Private renters spend on average 41% of their household income on rent  and 800,000 people who are renting can’t even afford to save just £10 a month .
In this context it is very worrying and not surprising that the 2019 Queen’s Speech did not commit to measures addressing the issues that ordinary people are facing due to the housing emergency. It is equally worrying there is no clear place to debate housing around this Queen’s Speech. We call on all of Parliament to ensure this critical national issue is not forgotten by ensuring the following issues are heard by the Government.

Visit www.england.shelter.org.uk and www.salvationarmy.org.uk for more information on the Queen´s speeches and the national housing emergency

First steps towards the solution

Redesigning space: BFFH beds, private and clean compartmentalised rooms

Organic orchards

Free meals cooked with the vegetables and fruits grown at the BFFH orchards

Buckingham´s Open Food and Shelter organic orchards will grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables

Food cooked with ingredients from the Buckingham Free Food & Housing orchards will be served by volunteers

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