Our members – and many Londoners – are trapped living in squalid temporary accommodation and dangerous overcrowded housing for years. We know that the solution to the housing crisis is more safe, secure, family-sized council homes. We’re sick of waiting for years on long housing waiting lists.
Last week, HASL’s half-term holiday protest saw over 300 HASL members and friends march from Parliament Square to Downing street with our demand for the high-quality 3, 4, & 5 bed council homes we need and deserve!
We were joined by our friends Haringey Housing Action Group, Focus E15, English for Action, and Parents and Communities Together who helped to make it our biggest ever protest! And one of the biggest housing protests there has been in London for many years.
We met at Parliament Square Gardens where children decorated house and number shaped biscuits (3, 4, 5 of course!) and then we marched on Downing street. Outside Downing street, we made lots of noise and sang chants with our demands – “How many rooms do we need to thrive? 3-4-5! 3-4-5!”. Children destroyed a squalid temporary accommodation pinata and a housing waiting list pinata. Housing waiting lists and temporary accommodation should not exist because everyone should have good housing!
At our group meeting after the protest we were still buzzing and energised from our protest!
There has been some amazing media coverage of our protest
A lovely short video of our protest
Report in the South London Press
Why focus on 3, 4, 5 bed council homes? We made a leaflet below explaining why our demand is for 3, 4, 5 bed council homes and we’ll be writing more about this on our blog soon.