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 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

Haringey Council to evict a woman and her 14-year-old daughter

M is a Haringey resident.  She is due to be evicted by the council this Tuesday (10 November).   When she came to our meeting last week, she told us that the council want to evict her because of rent arrears, despite the fact that she has already put a plan in place to pay her […]

November 10, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS, INFORMATION, NEWS  Comments Closed

Fag Packet Towers AKA Apex House – send objections now!

We are regular users of Apex House, which is where the council’s housing office is based.  And we were alarmed to hear the plans for it – both to re-build it as a 22-storey eyesore with most of it being let as privately rented homes by an institutional/commercial landlord.   We’ve spoken to staff at the […]

October 27, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: INFORMATION, LOCAL CAMPAIGNS  Comments Closed

Homeless? Pregnant? Haringey won’t help until the bailiffs arrive

UPDATE: Success!  Ms L was offered accommodation starting from 23 June.  Separate report of the action to follow. At our group meeting last week, a friend of one of our members came along – Ms L. She is a single mother of two, and is due to be evicted on 2 July from her flat […]

June 22, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: HHAG ACTIONS  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

Victory for Haringey council tenants – and a grim warning

Haringey Council’s Cabinet last night (14 October) agreed that future Haringey Council tenants will continue to be offered permanent (lifetime) tenancies.Last year, members of Haringey Housing Action Group joined up with Haringey Defend Council Housing, to oppose the introduction of five-year, “flexible”, tenancies for new council tenants.  The council’s own consultation questionnaire was overly long […]

October 15, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: LOCAL CAMPAIGNS, NEWS  Comments Closed

The number of council homes that Haringey Council has built since 2010 – in 129 words

We found this question and answer in the agenda papers for the council meeting on 21 July 2014: WRITTEN QUESTION 4 – TO THE CABINET MEMBER FOR HOUSING AND REGENERATION [Cllr Alan Strickland] FROM COUNCILLOR CONNOR: How many Council homes has the Council built since 2010? ANSWER In November 2013, the Cabinet approved a Housing […]

August 11, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: INFORMATION  Comments Closed

Haringey Council, Universal Credit & Unaffordable rents – Update

No family in Haringey should be forced out of their community, if they do not wish to move, due to benefit cuts and an inability to pay rent due to unaffordable rent levels. We demand that landlords reduce rents to affordable levels and the council supports any family wishing to remain in their home by […]

November 11, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: INFORMATION  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