Decent Homes as a Human Right

HEAR members have told us that connecting pan equality and cross sector in London can help their priorities for housing, decent homes and good neighbourhoods. The importance of clean, appropriate decent housing has been made even more clear since the Grenfell fire and public health emergency. Disabled, housing and renters rights activists, and those seeking to influence planning in London have decades of knowledge and experience to share. Experts by Experience homelessness projects are changing the lobbying landscape and intersectional understanding of risks and needs of Londoners with insecure housing is growing.

HEAR are holding an event to start building a Net Map of London’s Housing activists and projects:

Monday 22nd February, 10am (arrivals) 10.30-11.30
Net Mapping Housing Activists
An introduction to Net Mapping for sharing and solidarity
You will need to register in advance

Your details will be added to a private Net Map. Event will run from 10.30-11.30. You can join from 10 and there will also be time afterwards for questions and networking. HEAR is able to reimburse expenses incurred to overcome digital exclusion for user-led projects and experts by experience (details at the bottom of the page).

COVID 19 has shown that policies for the most at risk and excluded, like the Everyone In scheme, are deliverable and practical and that London can take the lead. The Grenfell fire provides a learning opportunity to prioritise people over profit, and where statutory must do better for communities after emergencies, so London can Build Back Better and continue to be a world leading city. Changes in working practices and lifestyle brought about during the pandemic have impacted on London high streets and property markets in unimaginable ways. Could London becoming the UK’s second Human Rights City mean London is a better home all Londoners?

HEAR, therefore, are co-producing and planning a series of events and a hustings during:

Week starting Monday 19th April
Series of events for Decent Homes as a Human Right?
Main Mayoral candidates have been invited to hustings

We will pay user-led projects and experts by experience to deliver workshops and presentations during this week of events, and would be keen to hear from members what they want, need and can offer. Please get in touch with your suggestions mhairi@HEARequality.org.uk

We know digital poverty can be a major barrier to digital inclusion. You can claim for data, PA hours, printing, electricity charges, reasonable adjustments for example contributions towards accessibility hardware and software or a well-priced device to ensure digital inclusion. You will need receipts in order to make a claim. We will not provide money in advance, applications will be considered on a case by case basis. Please call 07756 939 187 or email mhairi@HEARequality.org.uk with any questions and inform us about any access or communications needs and reasonable adjustments beforehand.