Housing



SISTERS UNCUT VALENTINES DAY ACTION IN HACKNEY 14/2/2017

During this rally and protest, a list of women who had been murdered by men, mainly partners and ex-partners was read out. This included the murder of five children (who were killed along with their Mothers). The list totalled 118 for the past year. Women present at the rally made it clear that these deaths were, in many cases, directly attributable to a lack of safe housing/accommodation that would enable women from violent relationships to leave dangerous environments and find refuge, but instead are being housed in many cases inappropriately, where safety is not the priority, but instead austerity and savings are. It was also pointed out that properties were unsuitable, in bad condition and hazardous to health of the families housed in them.




MY ‘TEMPORARY’ HOUSING IS NOT FIT TO LIVE IN 27/6/2016
Boundary House in Welwyn Garden City, which houses around 45 families, has become one property where Waltham Forest houses residents temporarily because it says there are no homes in the borough available. Although supposed to be temporary, people can end up in these 'temporary' properties for years.

The property is owned by Thule Investments Ltd, that rents the homes to the council, while residents say that repairs are not done and the condition of the premises is left in a hazardous condition, putting their families’ health at risk.

Residents visit Waltham Forest Housing offices to outline their concerns in an attempt to get the council to get the owners to address the issues. They manage to get a meeting with John Knight (Director of Housing at Waltham Forest council), whether this resolves problems for the families remains to be seen.




E15 MOTHERS WIN FIGHT FOR SINGLE MUM AT NEWHAM HOUSING OFFICE 25/11/2014
Focus E15 Mothers struggle to get into Newham Housing Offices (Bridge House) to support single Mother Candice and her baby who are currently homeless.

Forced to sleep on friends couches Candice had been told she did not qualify for housing. Last year Candice was told she would be moved to Liverpool, although she has no family or friends there.

Finally Candice has been given an appointment with her housing officer, but again told she would only be offered a home outside London. If Candice turns down the offer of accommodation outside London she is told her case will be closed.

Although Hewham have supposedly opened up some properties on Carpenters Estate, reports suggest only 2 have been let out. Why does Newham continue to force people out of the borough while adequate homes remain available?

Today E15 Mothers went to support Candice at her meeting - to argue for her right to stay in London - but were met with force to keep them out by the buildings security. Eventually some were let in and were present with Candice at her meeting.

Candice's experience is just one of many that homeless people and families face when they enter the doors of Bridge House.

The result of todays protest and support by E15 Mothers secured Candice and her baby a two bedroom flat in Newham.




FOCUS E15 MOTHERS AT NEWHAM TOWN HALL 29/9/2014
Campaigners from Focus E15 Mothers occupation on the Carpenters Estate arrive at Newham Town Hall to attend a “public” council meeting. They are welcomed by locked doors and the news that the Public Gallery only holds 5 people on a first come first serve basis. What is offered does little to restore the groups faith in the practice of Democracy in Newham Council.

The campaigners, frustrated by a number of failed attempts to reach the council chamber and have a direct input at the council meeting instead wait outside for the Mayor, Sir Robert “Robin” Andrew Wales, to leave and confront him directly.

Focus E15 Mothers started their occupation at Doran Walk on the 21st September and ended on the 6th October. The reason was to highlight the empty but habitable properties on Carpenters Council Estate (social housing), while people were left on a very long waiting list and others are housed in expensive private rented accommodation.

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