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Congratulations to the Lambeth United Housing Coop for getting a special feature of BBC Inside Out London. You can watch the film here

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Lambeth United Housing Coop have just released the following press release. You can find more details on the campaign here

DON’T EVICT MARITZA
Stop selling social housing

On Wednesday 29th January Lambeth residents and campaigners will meet outside Lambeth Town Hall, in Brixton, to protest against the council’s sale of long-standing housing co-operatives. At the lobby Lambeth councillors will be asked to sign a specific pledge against the eviction of long-term housing co-op resident Maritza Tschepp:

We the undersigned pledge to stand with Maritza and her family when they refuse to leave their home, if Lambeth go through with their threat to send bailiffs to evict her in order to sell off the property.

Maritza’s story
Maritza Tschepp and her family have lived in their home for 33 years. Their house was among those compulsory purchased by Lambeth for demolition for a couple of thousand pounds in the 1970s and left to rot. The council allowed ‘shortlife’ co-ops to be set up, run by the people like Maritza who were occupying and maintaining the houses. But Lambeth are now destroying these co-ops and selling off the properties with no acknowledgement of the blood, sweat and tears of the ‘short lifers’, who saved these homes from dereliction.

At a time when waiting lists for council housing are at record levels it is a crime for Lambeth to sell social housing.

Maritza has also invested in her community, setting up a local youth group and running it as an unpaid volunteer for over 20 years, but Lambeth has shown no concern about keeping people in homes and communities where they have lived and worked for so long.

If Lambeth send bailiffs we will stand with Maritza to resist this unjust eviction.
Don’t let ‘the Cooperative Council’ evict Maritza’s family from their housing co-op.
Lobby Lambeth Council
6pm, Wednesday 29th January,
Lambeth Town Hall

Pledge your support to stop the eviction by contacting Lambeth Housing Activists on lambethhousingactivists@gmail.com

Maritza Tschepp’s story has been covered by SWLondoner

Community Not For SaleLambeth Housing Activists are organising a stall this weekend, asking people to sign a petition against Lambeth Council evicting people from their homes in the Lambeth United Housing Coop. Lambeth SOS has been proud to support the Lambeth United Housing Cooperative in campaigns last year,so we urge all our supporters who are free this Saturday to help out at the stall

Stall – Don’t Evict Maritza
Saturday 4th January, 11am – 1pm
Meet at the junction of Wandsworth Road and Lansdowne Way
Organised by Lambeth Housing Activists

You can download a leaflet giving background on the campaign here

If you can come please email Chris on chrisblake1977@yahoo.co.uk to say you can make it and give your phone number. This means if anything changes at short notice (e.g. the stall is cancelled because it’s raining) you can be kept informed.

Hope to see people on Saturday

Lots of issues happening with housing in Lambeth

  • There’s a Mass Sleep Out in Windrush Square this Saturday to highlight the homelessness that will be caused by the bedroom tax
  • Lambeth Council are trying to evict housing coops across the borough, many of whom have been there for over 30 years
  • Lambeth Council are planning to demolish the Cressingham Gardens estate and replace it with an estate with far fewer affordable homes
  • Lambeth Unite the Union Community Branch have called a planning meeting to discuss how to move these campaigns forward

    Thursday 22nd August
    Planning Meeting – Stop Lambeth’s Housing Crisis
    6:30pm, Rotunda, Papworth Way, Cressingham Gardens Estate
    Let us know you’re coming on facebook

    Everyone is very welcome