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Open House was produced by Tower Hamlets Housing
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Open House Issue 1 – Aug 2001 (PDF 560k)

  1. Consultation Begins – picture the future
  2. Sue Benjamins looks forward to the challenges ahead
    Editorial – The choice is Yours
  3. The choices ahead
    Council loses out in housing finance system
  4. Improving the lettings Service
    Our friends in the North?


Open House Issue 2 – Sept 2001 (PDF 500k)

  1. Things can’t stay the way they are
  2. Taking Stock of our housing condition – Government Plans (a decent home for all)
    Editorial Keeping the options open
  3. Councillor David Edgar sets out options for the future
    Residents to decide referenda Stage Two
  4. Views of the borough-wide compact group
    Borough-wide Tenant Compact Election results


Open House Issue 3 – Oct 2001 (PDF 940k)

  1. Estate Referendum Proposals Revealed
  2. Tenants apply for Stepney Homes – Aiming to make the right moves
    Editorial: real opportunity – details of 5 Drop-in surgeries
  3. Looking at the options – your questions answered
    What will the choices be for tenants?
    Getting unbiased advice for residents
  4. New Tenant Compact Chair sets out his role for residents
    send YOUR views to CPT 20 Three Colt St. Limehouse E14 8HJ
  5. Who will you be voting with? – first proposals for referendum
    Areas 1-25
  6. Areas 26-47 & map
  7. Areas 48-49 & map
  8. Areas 50-83


Open House Issue 4 – Nov 2001 (PDF 730k)

  1. Take Your Time on Housing Choice
  2. Your Letters
    Free and Independent advice from PPCR 0800 317 066(English) 0800 587 4559 (bengali)
    Editorial – more drop-in details
  3. New finance rules will not help Tower Hamlets, says leader of the Council
  4. Drop in sessions answer tenants’ concerns
    Average rents at 31st March 2003


Open House Issue 5 – Dec 2001 (PDF 730k)

  1. Countdown to the referendum
    Housing Minister comes to Tower Hamlets
  2. Your letter(s)
    Your questions answered
    Editorial facing £590m shortfall comments by councillors David Edgar and Martin Young & more drop in details
  3. Leasholders Councillor Martin Young speaks out
    Leaseholder enfranchisement explained (contact Denise Kent on 020 7364 7014
  4. What Housing Choice means for Leaseholders
    Update on Lettings review
    New homes update
    What happens after the referendum?


Open House Issue 6 – Feb 2002 (PDF 700k)

  1. Don’t slam the door on the Future
    Antrim House and Cavan House bite the dust (picture)
  2. A letter from a leaseholder
    How the referedum will work
    Editorial – Don’t miss out + 6 Drop in surgeries including 4 by PPCR
  3. Your chance to tell the council what you want – Opinions from 11 individuals 7 of whom were pictured
  4. Government gives thumbs up to Housing Choice
    New finance rules unveiled
    Referendum is not a vote to leave the council – diagram of stages 1-3
  5. Referendum areas confirmed 1 Aberfeldy -25 Lakeview / Lanfranc
  6. Areas 26 West Leopold / Burdett – 48 Granby / Hereford plus part of map
  7. Rest of map plus 49 Holland & 50 Mansford
  8. Areas 51 Newling – 88 East Leopold


Open House Issue 7 – Jun 2002 (PDF 500k)

  1. A big YES to housing choice stage 2
    1-94 Cotall St to be demolished
  2. Introducing the Registered Social Landlords (part 1)
    Bethnal Green & Victoria Park (BGVPHA)and Victoria Park Home Ownership (VPHO) – Spitalfiels HA – Peabody Trust – Old Ford HA – Toynbee HA – Poplar HARCA – LABO HA – Tower Hamlets Community Housing
    What happens now
  3. Council’s FREE disposal for unwanted cars
    Council to set up new community landlord
    Council borrowing rules to change – but no difference to Tower Hamlets
  4. New law ahead for tenants?
    Your letters
    The right way to have your say
  5. How Tenants voted :
    Aberfeldy – Greenways
  6. Holland – Withy House
  7. How Leaseholders voted:
    Aberfeldy – Bemer
  8. Birchfield – Crossways
  9. Cubitt Town – Horwood
  10. Island Gardens – Millwall
  11. Newling – Sidney Street North
  12. Sidney Street South – Withy House


Open House Issue 8 – Aug 2002 (PDF 800k)

  1. No hope for borrowing on council housing repairs – government plans for councils will not help Tower Hamlets
  2. Introducing the Registered Social Landlords (part 2)
    Circle 33 Housing Trust – Southern Housing Group – Swan HA – Grand Union Housing Co-op – The Guinness Trust – Solon Co-op Housing Services – Mitali HA- William Sutton Trust
  3. Resource Centre opens
    New Community Landlord takes shape – EastEndHomes
  4. Residents keep PPCR on board for independent Housing Choice advice
    (Borough-wide) Compact Group election results


Open House Issue 9 – Nov 2002 (PDF 900k)

  1. Housing report shows need for major repairs
    80% of council homes need investment to meet ‘decent homes’ standard
  2. Housing Choice Stage 2 – estates start on the path to new investment
  3. Familiar face in a new role
    Facing up to repairs challange
    east end HOMES Plansfor community-led landlord
  4. Options for the future – your Housing Choice questions answered
    Resources galore for borough tenants


Open House Issue 10 – Feb 2003 (PDF 600k)

  1. First residents make their choice
    Five estates now have a social landlord to work with on plans for their homes
    EastEndHomes – work gets underway
  2. Steering groups look to the future
    Editorial – Make a difference
  3. Borough residents take the opportunity to get involved in their estate steering groups
    Praise for Housing Choice
    What happens at Stage 3?
  4. Your important questions answered
    What are the options for tenant management?


Open House Issue 11- April 2003 (PDF 366k)

  1. Goverment plans mean change ahead
    Improvements are smashing – picture of Tarling House demolition
  2. Look at what’s on offer – THCH – Guinness
  3. what’s on offer – Peabody Trust
    Editorial – check out the opportunities
  4. What’s on offer – Toynbee HA
    Residents set the pace


Open house Issue 12 – July 2003 (PDF 149k)

  1. Housing Choice shifts up a gear
    Four more steering groups covering eight estates have chosen a preferred partner
    MP opens Wyn Garrett Resource Centre
  2. Find out more about Housing Choice Landlords
    Spitalfields HA – Swan HA
    Editorial Making a real difference
    Volunteers needed for ARPs
  3. Poplar HARCA – BGVPHA
    New interim Director of Housing
  4. Protecting your housing rights
    Frequently asked questions
    Change for the better


Open house Issue 13 – September 2003 (PDF 468k)

  1. It’s your estate keep up-to-date
    A towering success – Crossways Estate
  2. Find out more about Housing Coice Landlords
    Old Ford
    Editorial: Housing Choice – Check out the benefits
  3. Southern Housing Group
    William Sutton Trust
    It’s Sanctuary for Ocean
  4. Housing Choice: a step by step guide to choosing an RSL
    Sticking their neck out
    Starting out – Mansford Estate
    Columbia Residents make their choice
  5. Housing Choice your questions answered
  6. One Estate’s experience of transfer Minerva
    Crossways consultation shop
    New Leaseholder rights bring new responsibilities


Open house Issue 14 – December 2003 (PDF 317k)

  1. Housing Choice is on the right track – a new report
    In the market for information
  2. Tackling trouble – what the RSL’s Do
    Guinness Trust
    Editorial: make sure you get your Housing Choice information
  3. Housing Choice your questions answered
  4. More Estates make their choice
    giving residents the opportunity to have their say


Open house Issue 15 – March 2004 (PDF 336k)

  1. Government: no more money without change
    Housing Minister confirms that there will be no extra housing money unless councils accept govrnment options
    Dizzee (and friends) getting busy
  2. RSLs working to improve the quality of life for tenants
    Old Ford – Poplar HARCA – Sanctuary – BGVPA
  3. Housing Choice
    Your questions answered
  4. Leaseholders – Council revises policy on contributions towards repairs
    Guinness information base in Wapping
    Service charges for tenants – see where your money goes


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