WE LOVE SOCIAL HOUSING! (But just how do we make more of it happen…?)
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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.

Tickets are free but booking is required.

World Homeless Day @ Open House
Oct 10 all-day

Come along and find out about the Oxford Homeless Movement, how people across the city are coming together to make sure that no person should have to sleep rough on our streets. You can also find out about how you can get involved.


Arts & Craftivism @ Open House
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Coffee Morning @ Open House
Oct 12 @ 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.

Community-led Housing Clinic
Oct 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Looking to set up a housing coop? Interested in community-led housing? Dreaming of building your own home?

If so, come and drop in to Open House anytime between 5.30 and 7.30 pm for expert advice and support on any stage of your community-led housing journey.

We’ll be joined by folks from local architecture and design cooperative Transition by Design and Collaborative Housing to answer any questions you may have on finding a group, planning a project, working your way through planning, designing and building and in seeking finance for your project.

This session is free and open to all.

‘Writing Home’ poetry drop-in @ Open House
Oct 16 @ 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!

I’m Not Dancing // a panel discussion on queer space and LGBTQIA+ housing & homelessness
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

LGBTQIA+ people are disproportionately affected by poor housing and homelessness in the UK. Research by the Albert Kennedy Foundation has found that up to a third of young people experiencing homelessness identify in some way as LGBTQIA+ and Stonewall Housing’s work highlights how as a group already disproportionally impacted by austerity and the hostile environment, LGBTQIA+ people find it harder to access housing, are less able to afford average rents, and have a more difficult time navigating support systems.

On 16th October we’ll be delving into the some of the reasons behind these trends and their impact on LGBTQIA+ people; as individuals and as a community. In particular, we’ll be focussing on the topic of ‘queer’ and ‘lgbt-friendly’ spaces.

A recent wave of closures of gay bars and community spaces has bought this topic out into the open, in Oxford and beyond and to coincide with the Museum if Oxford’s ‘Queering Spires’ exhibition on LGBTQIA+ spaces in Oxford, we want to explore the relationship between the disappearance of spaces for LGBTQIA+ people to meet, socialise and organise, and LGBTQIA+ housing insecurity and homelessness.

We’ll also be hearing from people who are busy creating vibrant new queer spaces. We’ll hear from activists and organisers who are providing tailored support for LGBTQIA+ folk experiencing homelessness, who are building housing specifically tailored for LGBTQIA+ older communities, and who are creating new ‘queer’ spaces for young people.


Tickets and further details can be found here.

A People’s History of the Cowley Road // Scanning Party!
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring your photos and stories of Oxford’s favourite road, past and present to help us build a people’s history of the Cowley Road.

Arts & Craftivism @ Open House
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Renters Organise! Oxford Tenants Union Meetup
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come and join a group of local activists fighting to make renting more affordable and more secure in Oxford.