Housing and Homelessness is a national concern for communities across the UK and a driver of poverty and inequality. Our membership is actively working on this in communities across the UK and it is a particular priority for our London membership.
The London housing crisis
London Citizens and their 250 member organisations are uniquely placed to build the powerful movement and sophisticated strategy that is needed to tackle this problem. Over the next 4 years London Citizens is working with Trust for London to develop a strategy for making real change for Londoners on issues related to housing.
London Citizens campaigned for the first urban community land trust. At St Clements in East London we developed 23 permanently and genuinely affordable homes priced according to local wages. Now campaign teams across London are working on identifying sites that can be used to build community land trust homes. To help with this work we set up a new organisation London Community Land Trust. You can read more about this work here.
Our work with Trust for London
Since embarking on the work around affordable housing we have entered into an important partnership with Trust for London, aimed at tackling the housing crisis in the capital.
This strategy is built around 4 key battlegrounds – important housing campaigns that we believe will define the future of how Londoners are housed. These campaigns must be won to set influential examples of how Londoners should be housed both now and in the future, ensuring London remains a place for people from all backgrounds:
- The People’s Legacy: secure a genuinely affordable Olympic housing legacy for the people of East London. Specifically we want to increase the percentage of affordable housing on each site to at least 50%. Under the previous Mayor sites were being signed off with 20% and even 18%
- Develop a resident-led strategy for regenerating the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham
- Build a powerful tenants-led campaign that will tackle bad and criminal landlords in the private rented sector across the capital.
- Ensure London’s biggest development this decade – Old Oak and Park Royal Development – delivers homes that Londoners on low incomes can afford.
As part of this work our local chapters from across London will hold Mayor Sadiq Khan and Local Authorities to account for the pledges made to improve housing to benefit those on lower income. We will campaign to ensure these policies are bedded into the London Plan and into new developments as they take place.
Together we are creating and organising people powered campaigns to change housing for the better in the capital.