Trust is for London is pleased to announce the 15 organisations from across London's voluntary and community sectors which will form the new London Housing Panel and help to shape the Mayor of London's housing policies.
The London Housing Panel has been established jointly between Trust for London and the Mayor of London. The Panel's member organisations will bring together their expertise to advise the Mayor's team in developing housing policies.
Raji Hunjan, CEO of anti-poverty charity Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K), has been appointed Chair of the Panel. She will also join the Mayor's Homes for Londoners Board to ensure the Panel's views are represented.
The membership of the Panel is as follows:
- Camden Community Law Centre
- Disability Advice Service Lambeth
- Action on Empty Homes
- Generation Rent
- Homeless Link
- Just for Kids Law (JfKL), including Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE)
- London Federation of Housing Co-operatives
- London Gypsies and Travellers
- Leasehold Knowledge Partnership
- London Tenants Federation
- New Horizon Youth Centre
- Solace Women’s Aid
- The Connection at St. Martin-in-the Fields
- Tonic Living
Chair of the London Housing Panel, Raji Hunjan, said: “The 15 organisations represented on this panel work to empower communities and individuals who have faced unacceptable housing problems which include poor conditions, discrimination and unaffordable rent.
“As Chair, I am looking forward to using our collective knowledge and diversity of expertise to influence the Mayor’s housing policies. All Londoners should benefit from more housing stability, despite their income or their circumstances.”
Chief Executive of Trust for London, Bharat Mehta, said: “Housing is an issue for millions of Londoners. In fact, the cost of housing is the main thing trapping one in eight Londoners in poverty.
“More needs to be done to ensure that Londoners have affordable homes that are safe and secure. That is why we have worked with the Mayor to set up the independent London Housing Panel. The Panel provides voluntary sector organisations with a direct line to those shaping housing policy in the capital.
“We are delighted that the Chair and Panel Members bring such a breadth and depth of voices and experience. We look forward to their involvement in tackling the housing issues faced by Londoners.”
The London Housing Panel will meet for the first time on June 25.