Xmas Demo for Housing, Hackney

Call To Action:Christmas Demo for Housing 17th Dec 6pm Hackney Town Hall

Hackney ?Scrooge? won?t house us: We won?t be turned away

Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street E8
London Coalition Against Poverty (LCAP) will demonstrate at Hackney Council?s Cabinet meeting on Monday the 17th of December 6pm to 7.30 pm. As Christmas day approaches its difficult to see the seasonal spirit in Hackney?s Homeless Persons office where homeless people are daily denied their rights and left without anywhere to go. LCAP will demonstrate this Christmas to send a clear message to Jamie Carswell (head of Housing strategy and deputy Mayor) that we will not tolerate this any more. LCAP will be campaigning for change in Hackney?s dealings with the homeless for as long as it takes.

Come to the picket, there?ll be some hot soup, and
Christmas festivity.

Dress warm, bring noisemakers and mince pies if you like.

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London Coalition against Poverty (LCAP) has been at Hackney Housing Needs office since July 2007, and we have seen time and again that homeless people are turned away unlawfully. By law some homeless people have to be housed immediately but Hackney Council cares more about balancing their budget through not housing people then about their residents needs. They try to delay or stop people making a homeless application. To achieve this the staff often act in an intimidating and sometimes abusive way. Because of this “gate keeping” at the housing needs office many vulnerable people and families are left on the street or other insecure, dangerous places. When accommodation or advice on how to find housing is offered by the council its likely to be out of Hackney, often even out of London.
Hackney Council will be held accountable for their failure to house Hackney?s people.

LCAP demands:

– An end to gate keeping at Hackney HPU
– Stop the intimidation of people that approach the HPU
– Genuinely affordable housing to rent in Hackney – no more people chased
out of the borough

Jamie Carswell is scrooge!
We are the ghosts of Christmas present!

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