More empty promises, more rights ignored

‘How long can we go on and how long will the Council continue to treat people like next to nothing?’  Since we posted the last article, we’ve met another member who has also been waiting since last summer for a final decision on her homelessness case. E is in private rented accommodation, G is waiting […]

February 14, 2019  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS  Comments Closed

Empty promises, rights ignored

Our member E and her teenage child are living in one overcrowded room with shared facilities. Even if you have somewhere to live, you may be legally homeless if your living conditions are so bad that you cannot be expected to stay there. E first approached the council in April 2018 and asked them to […]

January 25, 2019  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS  Comments Closed

Old law, new law, same old story

‘Approaching the council has become a menace to my life. Old law, new law, none of them is favourable to me. Instead of the council helping, they’ve just been dodgy, not sincere in their comments. It makes it difficult for me and my family.  Now they say that I’m top of the list, but without any […]

July 23, 2018  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS  Comments Closed

New homelessness law: who will it help?

On 3rd April 2018, a new law on homelessness came into effect in England. The Homelessness Reduction Act 2018 is supposed to offer more help to homeless people who are not considered ‘priority need’. Under the previous law, single people without dependent children were usually not entitled to any help. We know that under the […]

April 11, 2018  Tags: , ,   Posted in: INFORMATION, NEWS  Comments Closed

Join our protest, 10 Oct: Haringey Council, rehouse Z now!

Join us in Wood Green on Tuesday to support our member Z, and to challenge Haringey Council’s callous treatment of tenants facing eviction. Protest Tuesday 10 October, 12.30pm outside Haringey’s housing office – 48 Station Road, London N22 7TY. (1 minute walk from Wood Green tube.) Z and her family have been facing harassment from […]

October 8, 2017  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: LOCAL CAMPAIGNS, PRIVATE TENANTS  Comments Closed

The waiting game: six weeks struggling against gatekeeping

Our member L, a mother of four, is due to be evicted this Monday, 3rd July. She first approached Haringey Council more than five weeks ago, but they have only just confirmed that they will provide emergency housing for Monday night. Like most councils, Haringey is known for diverting people away from making a homeless […]

June 30, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS  Comments Closed

Gatekeeping at the housing office

Gatekeeping is the term used to describe the practice of councils turning homeless people away when they request help.  This practice is unlawful, but we hear examples of it happening every time we leaflet outside the housing office. Our sister group Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth (HASL) has been campaigning against gatekeeping at their local […]

August 26, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: INFORMATION  Comments Closed

Gatekeeping at Haringey Council

We recently supported one of our members, M, who faced gatekeeping from Haringey Council when she attempted to apply as homeless. This was not a one-off incident. Our previous experiences show that the council consistently fails to do its duty, and the comments made to M by a housing officer confirm this. We’re calling on […]

November 28, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS, INFORMATION  Comments Closed

How one Haringey council officer could prevent a family being evicted

Today we have been give the runaround by Haringey Council. All we wanted was for a housing benefit officer to speak to a homelessness officer. Background: One of our members had been evicted from a privately rented property.  She applied as homeless to the council, but the council eventually denied that they had a duty […]

March 9, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS  Comments Closed

Haringey housing action success

On Tuesday 16 October, members of Haringey Housing Action Group successfully supported a family facing eviction. Ms T, a member of the group and mother of three, is pregnant and about to be evicted from a private tenancy later in the month, just three days before her baby is due to be born. Ms T […]

October 21, 2012  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS, NEWS  Comments Closed