Decent Homes as a Human Right

HEAR members have told us that connecting pan equality and cross sector in London could help meet Londoners’ rights to appropriate, accessible and affordable housing, decent homes, safe neighbourhoods, reduce homelessness and make our city one where we see Decent Homes as a Human Right.

HEAR is, therefore, co-producing a week long conference and hustings event with our members.

Week Monday 19th- Friday 23rd April 2021 virutal conference
Decent Homes as a Human Right?

Culminating with Mayoral Hustings
4-6pm,Friday 23rd April 2021

The importance of appropriate, safe 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. User-led projects for survivors of gendered violence, hate crime, war and persecution understand needs for specialist refuges and accomodation, neighbourhoods with good lighting, transport, and local services to keep residents safe, and that ‘minor offences’, ‘neighbourhood disputes’ and ‘anti-social behaviour’ are stopped before becoming violent and serious crime.

HEAR are planning a Pecha Kucha of Housing Rights Manifestos (explain your group and proposal in 20 slides, 20 seconds of commentary per slide. Simple. Engaging. Spurring authentic connections) so members can explain ‘asks’, build solidarity and share goals before our hustings.

Members co-designing and delivering presentations, workshops, webinar, roundtable, research during the week include Homeslessness Taskforce, Planning Aid for London and lived experience experts from Violence against disabled women, intersectional LGBTQI, Racial equality and non-settled (GRT and those with insecure immigration status) communities. To register your interest and receive information as it becomes available you can join the mailing list

If you are interested in delivering something as part of the week, including a Pecha Kucha of your manifesto, please email mhairi@HEARequality.org.uk

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?

Activists campaigning for properties that are accessible for disabled Londoners, Traveller sites that are connected to amenties, communities, and communications, specialist women only and LGBTQI hostels and accommodation for those fleeing violence, abuse and hate crime whether from domestic abuse or as refugees can learn from one anothers successes and build solidarity. 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

HEAR as lead partner in Net Equality are also running workshops to introduce Net Mapping of London’s Housing activists and projects. The first was on Monday 22nd February and the next on 17th March St Patrick’s Day, 11-12 (arrivals from 10.30) there will also be time afterwards for questions and networking. Your details will be added to a private Net Map.