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London’s Dispossessed: Local authority possession orders and homelessness
Cambridge House is pleased to announce that it has recently received funding from the University of Leicester. Working with Professor Loretta Lees an urban geographer who specialises in gentrification and urban regeneration and supported by Cambridge House Law Centre, the research will provide in-depth insight into the experiences and circumstances of those facing the threat of eviction or who are already homeless in South London.
Social housing in London is in decline and under threat of privatization as property developers move in to take advantage of real estate opportunities (Dorling 2014). At the same time ‘reforms’ intended to cut the welfare bill such as the bedroom tax, benefits cap and recent withdrawal of tax credits have hit the poorest hardest. The likely consequence for the capital’s least well off is increased private rental (insecure and expensive), displacement and in the worst-case scenario homelessness.
There is an emerging academic literature examining how this ‘new’ urban renewal is encouraging the gentrification of previously devalued council estates and its impact (Hyra 2008; Watt 2009; Lees 2014). Despite this, relatively little is known about who is at threat from eviction or homelessness or the effects on the individual. Further, there has been little investigation into how service providers should respond in order to support best vulnerable residents and adapt services to the changing demographics and requirements of living in the Capital.
The proposed research will address current gaps in understanding by examining how the ‘new’ urban renewal is impacting residents in Southwark. In particular, through interviews with clients of the Law Centre the research will provide in depth insight into the experiences and circumstances of those facing the threat of eviction or who are already homeless in the area.
The research objectives are as follows:
- To establish who is vulnerable from eviction and/or homelessness and why
- To examine the personal impact of possession orders and homelessness on the individual
- To determine in what ways service providers can better support those at threat from, or who are already homeless
Read the research report here.