Posts Tagged ‘social housing’

Stop Asset Stripping
Photo call – Don’t Evict Martiza – Stop selling social housing in Lambeth!
Wednesday 5th March, 11am
22 Lillieshall Road, London SW4

With Maggi Hambling, Kate Hoey MP, Mark Thomas and Vivienne Westwood
All welcome – please come and show your support for social housing

(Note: There’s a “spin off” photo call at 10am on Wednesday. If people can make the 10am and 11am photo call at Lillieshall Road that would be great, but if you if you can’t make both, prioritise the 11am photo op)

On Wednesday 5th March Lambeth residents and campaigners, including designer and activist Vivienne Westwood, comedian and activist Mark Thomas, artist Maggi Hambling and Kate Hoey MP, will meet in Lillieshall Road, London SW4 to protest against Lambeth Council’s sale of long-standing housing co-operatives.

All those gathered for this photo op have pledged to defend residents of these housing co-ops against evictions, and have stated: “We will stand with housing co-op residents when they refuse to leave their home, if Lambeth go through with their threat to send bailiffs to evict them”

You can make this pledge too. If you’d like to do so please contact Lambeth Housing Activists

More details on Maritza’s case is here

Can everyone please join us to show their support for Maritza and for the Lambeth United Housing Coop. It is really important we show how determined we are to campaign. We’ve supported the Lambeth Housing Cooperative before and we stopped the eviction of Jimmy Rogers from his housing coop due to public pressure, we can do the same for Maritza too.

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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