WE ♥ SOCIAL HOUSING! (But how do we build more of it...?)

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Open House Oxford

36 Little Clarendon Street

Oxford

OX1 2HU

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Recent years have seen many calls for more social housing, but just how do we deliver decent quality, state-owned housing in 2019?

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Two thousand and nineteen marks the one hundred year anniversary of the Addison Act, the legislation which would deliver 'Homes fit for heroes' and kick start decades of the mass-provision of state-owned social housing. These homes were designed by top architects and built with their occupants welfare in mind. They were homes for life, housing people from a mix of social classes and backgrounds in secure and truly affordable rental tenancies.

With more then one million households across the UK currently waiting for council housing, it is unsurprising that high-profile campaigners such as George Clarke are joining the likes of Shelter in calling loudly and publicly for a return to the annual delivery of thousands of new homes available for people on low-incomes to rent.

The question we ask, is just how do we do it? How do we go from building a tiny fraction of the estimated number of social homes we need to the mass-delivery of hundreds of thousands of new homes, almost immediately?

Our social, political, and economic conditions have changed drastically since we last built social homes at the desired scale so how do we go about delivering well designed, low-carbon social housing at scale in 2019?

To discuss this, we'll be joined by Joe Beswick, Head of Land and Housing at the New Economics Foundation and Lou Downe, Director of Design and Transformation for Land and Planning for the UK government.

As with all events at Open House this event is free, however we do collect donations at the end of each event to cover speaker expenses and other running costs for Open House.

If you would like your bus fare to and from Open House refunding then please just ask one of our volunteers.

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Accessibility and making your trip as comfortable as possible.

Open House is a single room shop with large windows that face out onto Little Clarendon Street, a small shopping street. There is a small kitchen at the back with a single, unisex toilet. We sometimes play music quietly but are happy to turn it off or down on request.

Our front door is 87.5cm at the narrowest point and whilst the shop is accessible to wheelchairs, at present we unfortunately are not able to provide a fully wheelchair accessible toilet. There is a 1.5m walk to the toilet from the nearest wheelchair accessible area.

Directly outside the shop there are free 30 minute parking bays and the restriction ends at 18.00.

We are working to ensure that our events are as accessible as possible to all our visitors. Open House is a dry space and there will be no alcohol at events. We are happy to provide interpreters or BSL Interpreters but as a tiny, volunteer-led project we need advance notice. If you have any additional needs that you would like to discuss with us before visiting the shop, please email us hello@openhouseoxford.org

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36 Little Clarendon Street

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