Focus E15 is a hostel in Stratford that provides a home for over 200 young people who need it. Newham council cut funding for the hostel and Young mothers from the Focus E15 mothers and baby were served with eviction notices and told that they would be rehoused in places outsde of london such as Stoke on Trent, Birmingham and Manchester. These mothers have been fighting to stay in their community, near family and support networks in East London. And its one hell of a fight. Newham council and Newham mayor - Sir Robin Wales (Labour, suprisingly) consistantly ignore and deflect or in Wales' case outright reject these women's claim to stay in their borough. Over ten of the mothers have won the fight to be housed in the burough, but this victory is bitter sweet - they are housed in private accomodation, usually run by slum landlords and the conditions are appauling. the young women have plenty of stories of mice, rats, coackroaches, damp, vermin, and no inclination from their landlord to anything about it. These are also very temporary contracts - they have no idea or power over how long they may get to stay in one place before they are made homeless again- the contracts are maximum of a year. these are no conditions to live let alone bring up children. The campaign is wider than these parents and this hostel, the campaign is aimed at everyone who is facing the threat of repossession and eviction and homelessness. the message is :
WE must STAND TOGETHER, raise awareness & FIGHT what is happening.
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