By SHAC It's time for housing associations to open their books on health and safety, both for their tenants and their workers. In one day (19th October) two worrying articles appeared in the press. Firstly, there was the evacuation of 1,059 homes in a Brentford tower block owned by Notting Hill Genesis due to safety… Continue reading Open the Books on Safety
Hexagon Housing Association: From Community Housing Association to Corporatised Property Developers, and (hopefully) Back Again! Guest written by Hexagon residents Join SHAC@Hexagon for tenants and residents Between 2009 and 2019, our Hexagon Housing Association has been transformed by the chief executive (CEO) and allies from an open and accountable social landlord into little more than… Continue reading The Corporate Turn
By SHAC@Hexagon On the eve of the Hexagon Housing annual general meeting, SHAC members at Hexagon have presented the organisation with a 'Golden Flush' award for 'Secrecy, Spin, Deception and Unaccountability'. See the prestigious award here Hexagon members argued forcefully for the award, saying that Hexagon (HHA) has truly flushed away its own core values… Continue reading Hexagon Awarded ‘Golden Flush’ for Secrecy
By SHAC HAs can generate larger profits by developing for market sale and rent than from any other activity. Inevitably, the profits are greatest in London where house prices are higher. The boards of HAs increasingly gravitate towards construction, and especially in the South East. Driven by government policy, institutions such as the regulatory bodies… Continue reading A Sector That’s Lost Direction
by SHAC The number of people infected by Coronavirus is now matching the first peak in May 2020, with around 6,000 new cases per day. Several local lockdowns are in place and government is daily adding to restrictions in movement. Yet absent is any reinstatement of the eviction moratorium, nor sign of housing associations utilising… Continue reading G15: Time for Boards to Step Up!
by SHAC SHAC will be participating in the anti-evictions Twitter storm on Friday 18th September, an initiative by the South East Region Unite Community. If you know anyone with a twitter account please share this information too for a big twitter storm at 3pm on the day, let’s get trending: Three demands at 3pm No… Continue reading Let’s Get Tweeting!
By SHAC Jack, a homelessness worker and housing campaigner turned out for the three day protests opposing the lifting of the evictions ban in August. He spoke on why the eviction ban must be extended. https://vimeo.com/458310816 Jack speaking on the terrible harm caused by homelessness Video by Platform Films SHAC Chair Niall Mulholland Opposes Government… Continue reading I’ve Seen the Pain that Homelessness Causes
By SHAC At the SHAC open meeting on Monday 14th September, activists highlighted the need to stand together in opposing evictions, shout out against the fire safety and cladding scandals, and organise to increase tenant and resident democracy. Maintain the Eviction Moratorium The eviction moratorium - which meant that courts could not process eviction applications -… Continue reading Tenants and Residents Speak: Evictions, Fire Safety, and Democracy
By guest writers from Hillview Residents’ Association Hillview Residents’ Association (HRA) represents around 650 tenants of One Housing Group in 220 flats in Kings Cross which date from 1893. HRA has a long and proud history. It was established in 1980, and ran our estate with Shortlife Community Housing for 18 years from the late… Continue reading Hillview Residents Association: A Long and Proud History of Struggle – and still going strong
At the end of August we joined an alliance of housing campaign groups and activists to demand that tenants are protected against evictions during the pandemic. We also demand that housing associations waive rents and service charges even after lockdown for those who can show that they have suffered economically as a result of Covid-19.… Continue reading No Evictions: Making A Demand on Our Politicians