Article published: Wednesday, October 14th 2015
A Manchester Housing Action event is taking place this Sunday, October 18th, organising the local community around tackling the housing crisis in Manchester.
The free event is being hosted by Kate Hardy, Tom Gillespie and the Manchester branch of campaigning organisation, Generation Rent, at Salford’s Islington Mill. It is aimed at bringing together the communities, charities and campaigners who are affected by the increasing impact of housing issues, and hopes to create a network in Manchester to resist the housing crisis.
There will be guest speakers from Focus E15, a group of single mothers in Newham who have been organising resistance to housing policy since being evicted from their young persons’ hostel in 2013, and the Radical Housing Network, an umbrella association of similar groups struggling with housing issues across the capital.
The event organisers are putting a call out to anyone affected by the housing crisis in Manchester to attend:
“Are you facing a housing problem? Are you trying to organise in your community to resist displacement or to deal with a dodgy private landlord? Are you facing a problem with rent arrears?
Do you want to meet other people and organise together for better housing in the city?
Over 80,000 people across Greater Manchester are waiting for social housing. There are 25,000 empty homes while people sleep on the streets.
Only we, together, can improve living conditions in our city and support each other in our different struggles.”
Kate Hardy is a lecturer in Work and Employment Relations at Leeds University, and Tom Gillespie is co-founder of Common House, a collective community space for radical groups in Bethnal Green. They will be hosting the event alongside Generation Rent, a network of renters campaigning for professionally managed, secure, decent and affordable private rented homes in sustainable communities.
There will also be workshops held to share experiences of housing problems, free food and refreshments.
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