Principles

We are a network of groups fighting for housing justice, launched in London in 2013.

Housing: Groups within our network work on a wide range of housing issues, including but not limited to, private renting, social housing, squatting, access to benefits, homelessness, and co-operative housing.
Radical: We feel we are not represented by mainstream politics, and seek to organise a movement for housing justice from below, across tenure, rooted in people’s everyday housing needs. We support a diversity of tactics, including direct action.
Network: The network is a horizontal association; a “group of groups”. We connect and cooperate with each other, across tenure, within and beyond our local neighbourhoods.

What we believe:

1. We believe everyone should have a decent home. We fight all forms of discrimination in access to housing, including on the basis of tenure, gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, ability, sexuality, immigration status, nomadism, ability to pay or where people live.

2. A decent home:
• is physically comfortable
• is secure
• has access to schools, work, healthcare, cultural facilities, transport, fresh affordable food and green space
• allows people to have control over their indoor and outdoor environment
• is genuinely affordable
• allows people to develop communities and support each other

In defining a decent home, we wish to empower residents and communities to make decisions and have control over their housing. We are opposed to the imposition of bureaucratic standards, which have been used to disempower, demonise, and displace communities.

3. We believe that the housing crisis is part of deeper systemic problems. Therefore its solution will only be possible through grassroots struggle, and through systemic change.

4. We reject the policy of marketisation of housing during recent decades.

This is manifested in:

• rising costs of housing
• sell-off of council housing
• encouragement of profiteering – speculation and buy-to-let
• increase in overcrowding and street homelessness
• destruction of housing co-ops, and other social housing solutions
• criminalisation of squatting
• welfare reform policies
• reduction of security, increasing eviction and displacement
• empty homes
• decreasing quality of housing
• gentrification and displacement

We exist to:

• Promote solidarity and mutual support among groups fighting on housing issues in London, by joining together across tenure and locality to challenge the divide and rule tactics of the powerful.
• Encourage the sharing of practical resources, knowledge, skills, and materials.
• Facilitate the exchange of ideas and information.
• Develop and promote a stronger conception of the alternatives to the profiteering housing market.
• Increase grassroots opposition and solidarity in the face of the housing crisis.