Housing, One Housing Group, Repairs and Maintenance, Safe Homes

Falling Metal: Close Escape for One Housing Tenant

Bessie Smith* a keyworker and tenant of One Housing Group (OHG) in Newham was left shaken and afraid to leave her home after a 20 kilogram lump of lead fell from an upstairs neighbour's window. For the latest news on this story, see It's All a Facade. The slab of lead that narrowly missed Ms… Continue reading Falling Metal: Close Escape for One Housing Tenant

Clarion Housing, Commercialisation, Complaints Procedures, Housing, Service Cuts

My Serious Complaint About the Complaint System!

By guest writer and tenant Angela Carlton Clarion seems to have a serious problem with its complaints procedure. The information reported to SHAC shows that it falls well below the standards acceptable and what might be expected of such a large and well-resourced organisation. While no-one would expect 100% perfection, especially for such a large… Continue reading My Serious Complaint About the Complaint System!

Commercialisation, Housing, Regeneration, Tenant & Resident Democracy

The Stop HDV Campaign: A Grassroots Victory

By guest writer Wendy Charlton The commodification of housing, loss of social housing stock and rising housing waiting lists has seen local authorities selling off public land and/or partnering with property developers. They have used tactics of managed decline and redevelopment methods along with negative media portrayal of social housing tenants. "The association between post-war… Continue reading The Stop HDV Campaign: A Grassroots Victory

Barking Riverside, Fire Safety & Cladding, Housing, Notting Hill Genesis, One Housing Group, Safe Homes, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Open the Books on Safety

By SHAC It's time for housing associations to open their books on health and safety, both for their tenants and their workers. In one day (19th October) two worrying articles appeared in the press. Firstly, there was the evacuation of 1,059 homes in a Brentford tower block owned by Notting Hill Genesis due to safety… Continue reading Open the Books on Safety

Commercialisation, Hexagon Housing, Housing, Tenant & Resident Democracy

The Corporate Turn

Hexagon Housing Association: From Community Housing Association to Corporatised Property Developers, and (hopefully) Back Again! Guest written by Hexagon residents Join SHAC@Hexagon for tenants and residents Between 2009 and 2019, our Hexagon Housing Association has been transformed by the chief executive (CEO) and allies from an open and accountable social landlord into little more than… Continue reading The Corporate Turn

Alternative housing awards, Commercialisation, Hexagon Housing, Housing, Tenant & Resident Democracy

Hexagon Awarded ‘Golden Flush’ for Secrecy

By SHAC@Hexagon On the eve of the Hexagon Housing annual general meeting, SHAC members at Hexagon have presented the organisation with a 'Golden Flush' award for 'Secrecy, Spin, Deception and Unaccountability'. See the prestigious award here Hexagon members argued forcefully for the award, saying that Hexagon (HHA) has truly flushed away its own core values… Continue reading Hexagon Awarded ‘Golden Flush’ for Secrecy

Commercialisation, Housing, London & Quadrant, Notting Hill Genesis, Peabody Trust, Service Cuts

A Sector That’s Lost Direction

By SHAC HAs can generate larger profits by developing for market sale and rent than from any other activity. Inevitably, the profits are greatest in London where house prices are higher. The boards of HAs increasingly gravitate towards construction, and especially in the South East. Driven by government policy, institutions such as the regulatory bodies… Continue reading A Sector That’s Lost Direction

Housing, No Evictions, Waive The Rents

G15: Time for Boards to Step Up!

by SHAC The number of people infected by Coronavirus is now matching the first peak in May 2020, with around 6,000 new cases per day. Several local lockdowns are in place and government is daily adding to restrictions in movement. Yet absent is any reinstatement of the eviction moratorium, nor sign of housing associations utilising… Continue reading G15: Time for Boards to Step Up!