Calendar

Feb
21
Thu
Housing Matters #3 // How can local authorities do housing differently? @ Open House
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Two-thousand and nineteen marks the centenary of the Addison Act, the housing legislation which realised Lloyd-George’s ‘Homes fit for Heroes’ and the start of a nationwide system of state-owned housing that has lasted most of the 20th Century. Half a million homes were promised and a system of open-ended Treasury grants were made available to local councils to build.

One hundred years have now passed since local authorities in the UK where given the responsibility and the resource to provide decent housing for the working person. Whilst the responsibility remains, the conditions under which housing is to be provided have undergone a seismic shift.

Join us from 19.30 – 21.00 on Thursday 21st February as we explore how the cities of London and Oxford are working to meet this responsibility and provide decent housing for working class people.

We’ll be joined by Sian Berry, Co-Leader of the Green Party, Local Councillor for Camden and Chair of the London Assembly’s Housing Committee and Stephen Clarke, Head of Housing and Property Services for Oxford City Council.

Tickets are free but you must register to attend.

We strive to make all events at Open House as accessible as possible. You can read more about the venue on our website. If there is anything we can do to make your visit more comfortable then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Feb
23
Sat
Coffee Morning @ Open House
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday we’ll be talking about a theme to do with housing and homelessness. These coffee mornings are informal and friendly and a good way of finding out more about Open House.

Feb
26
Tue
Women’s History Cafe @ Open House
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come along to learn more about the women who have helped Oxford’s homeless population in the past.

Feb
27
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Like to play with words? So do we!

Come hang out with our poet-in-residence and have a go at some writing games, techniques and activities – or just curl up with a cup of tea and a book! We will have plenty of resources, materials, and poetry for you to get stuck into so just drop in – no need to register.

The sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from 5 December between 10am and noon – and will carry on into the new year, too.

Spread the word!

Feb
28
Thu
Housing Matters #4 // An Alternative Urban Politics @ Open House
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

For as long as cities have existed and for as long as people have tried to control the urban realm, an alternative urban politics has shadowed progress, questioning and subverting systems of power. In his book ‘The Autonomous City’, Alex Vasudevan explores the history of squatting; as a necessity, as a cultural phenomenon and as a way of challenging and imagining alternatives to the city as it is presented to us.

Alex is joined by Dr Debra Benita Shaw, a Reader in Cultural Theory in the School of Arts & Digital Industries and co-director of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research and editor of the Radical Cultural Studies book series. Debra’s research focusses on technoscience, the city and posthuman bodies and the publication Posthuman Urbanism: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary City Space is forthcoming.

Alex & Debra will be joined by a representative from the Advisory Service for Squatters.

Mar
2
Sat
Coffee Morning @ Open House
Mar 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday we’ll be talking about a theme to do with housing and homelessness. These coffee mornings are informal and friendly and a good way of finding out more about Open House.

Mar
6
Wed
‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Mar 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Like to play with words? So do we!

Come hang out with our poet-in-residence and have a go at some writing games, techniques and activities – or just curl up with a cup of tea and a book! We will have plenty of resources, materials, and poetry for you to get stuck into so just drop in – no need to register.

The sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from 5 December between 10am and noon – and will carry on into the new year, too.

Spread the word!

Mar
7
Thu
Housing Matters #5 // The Future of Rent
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

As housing ownership spirals out of reach of all but the wealthiest few, more people are renting for longer. In Oxford, the average person is now spending 55% of their income on rent, that’s too expensive.

Renters include families, older people, and people with physical and mental health problems – groups that are ill-equipped to deal with the expense and precarity of the private rental market. Tellingly, a break down in a private rental agreement is now the single biggest cause of homelessness, responsible for over half of the cases in Oxford where a person has become homeless.

Rent is everyone’s problem. As the symptoms become more obvious and universally damaging there are new ideas emerging and old ideas being revived. From rent strikes to tenants unions to housing coops to mutually co-housing schemes, the time has come to start thinking about the future of rent and how we make it more affordable and more secure for everyone.

 

Our speakers are;

Samir Jeraj, author of The Rent Trap and Board Member of Generation Rent

Shaista Aziz, local Labour Councillor for Rose Hill & Iffley

Al Bell, Director of Citizens Advice Oxford

Tickets are free but you must register to attend.

Mar
8
Fri
Arts & Craftivism @ Open House
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Weekly arts and craft session. Free and good for all ages.

Mar
9
Sat
Coffee Morning @ Open House
Mar 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each Saturday we’ll be talking about a theme to do with housing and homelessness. These coffee mornings are informal and friendly and a good way of finding out more about Open House.