RUSS Community Housing Meeting 19 Feb 2020

Free event: register here

Everyone has the right to a decent, safe and genuinely affordable home. Community Land Trusts all over the UK are fighting gentrification by enabling communities to deliver own homes, with homes sold or rented at a rate linked to local wages and membership open to anyone with a connection to the area. It’s a radical model that effectively takes housing out of the property market and pegs it to the labour market instead. We at RUSS believe people-powered housing is the answer to the UK’s largest housing crisis. 

This meeting will discuss what needs to change for housing to become about people rather than profit.

The speakers include:

Anna Minton. Anna is a writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture at the University of East London. Her latest book “Big Capital: Who is London for?” looks at London’s housing crisis – the desperate shortage of housing, and the huge number of affordable homes that are being pulled down, only to be replaced by luxury apartments aimed at foreign investors. Minton cuts through the complexities, jargon and spin to give a clear-sighted account of how we got into this mess, and how we can get out of it.

Anthony Comber-Badu is a freelance photographer, filmmaker and producer working in Accra and London. He is also an activist and member of the Aylesbury Leaseholders Action Group. Anthony was recently involved in the production of the documentary Common Ground which explores the notorious Aylesbury Estate, home to thousands of South Londoners, and a concrete monument to the history and legacy of social housing in the UK.

Anurag Verma is the Chair of RUSS Board of Trustees. Anurag studied architecture in India and worked in Germany before moving to London for further study. He lives locally and is an associate director at Latitude Architects. He is passionate about RUSS’s innovative ‘model’ for delivering affordable self-built homes and wants to see it replicated widely across London and other cities.

The discussion will be moderated by Monika Milewska (RUSS, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group).

This free event takes place on Wednesday 19th February from 7 – 8.30 pm at RUSS’ new Community Hub space at 12 Church Grove, Ladywell, Lewisham (Directions to the Hub).

Anyone who wants to attend needs to register in advance (you cannot just turn up on the night, as space is limited): register on Eventbrite

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