Good Practice

September 2011 - Shoreditch Citizens – tacking poor housing in East London

Date Posted: 11 September 2011

Shoreditch Citizens is a broad based community alliance of 29 institutions including primary and secondary schools, universities, further education colleges, churches of different denominations, Islamic institutions, charities, settlement houses and tenants and residents associations.
We are building relationships between the many key leaders and institutions in the area to create an organization powerful enough to win important victories on issues that matter to people who live in Shoreditch.
On the back of our extensive listening campaign, we set our initial agenda at our delegates assembly composed of over 150 leaders from our institutions throughout Shoreditch. Housing came out as the top issue, followed by Education and Opportunities, Employment and Living Wages, Street Safety and Community and Neighbourliness.
So far, we have built a constructive and respectful relationship with Hackney Homes and they have promised to work with us on a damp eradication programme in four blocks, where many of our school parents and parishioners live.
We have also put together a radical proposal called the Shoreditch Commonwealth Agreement. This seeks for our neighbouring businesses to commit to helping with our agenda by, for example, paying the London Living Wage, employing 25% of their workforce from within Shoreditch, taking responsibility for the area outside their premises and making sure it is safe and welcoming, and putting an amount of their profits into a trust which can be used to support students in post 16 education.
We will continue to build our power, train local leaders, grow our institutional base and take action to make Shoreditch a fairer and easier place to live.
For more information about Shoreditch Citizens and the way we work, contact  Dan Firth or Sam Causton.