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Community Led Housing – a Feminist Solution
Tue 14th July 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The UK is in the midst of a housing crisis. According to the National Housing Federation, this is affecting more than 8 million people, 1 in every 7 people. House prices and rental costs have become unaffordable for many, such that home ownership rates have declined significantly – from 43% for those aged 27 in the 1970s to 25% for those born in the late 1980s. Having a decent affordable home is a key determinant of people’s health and well-being.
Housing is also a women’s rights issue with women making up the majority of lead social housing tenants, and 2 in 3 housing benefit claimants. The gender pay gap means that women on average earn less – the housing knock-on effect is that women in the private rented sector spend an average of 55% of their income on rent, compared with 36% for men.
Community led housing models (such as housing co-operatives, community land trusts (CLTs) and co-housing) have emerged as alternative solutions to the housing crisis.
Hosted by the Women’s Equality Party Hackney, this online event will take a look at the history of community led housing in the UK with a focus on women’s co-housing. Speakers will include Gemma Holyoak (Senior Project Advisor, Community Led Housing London), Marta Brenton (Senior Cohousing Ambassador, UK Cohousing Network) and Angela Ratcliffe (convenor & resident of Older Women’s Cohousing Group (OWCH).
Dial in details will be emailed to participants ahead of the seminar.
Join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring evening!