Open House: the end + what next

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Open House finished on Sunday after nine days of exciting conversations across tenure and geography, skillsharing and learning, thought-provoking films, a few banging parties, a BIG game of capture the flag in Borough Market, an anti-gentrification mural at the Heygate Estate, huge quantities of delicious food and bucket-loads of tea!

Open House involved around 40 different sessions across the week – covering topics from practical squatting to art and social housing, from how to set up a housing coop to how to link up housing struggles across London. Huge numbers of people came through our doors: private tenants chatted with squatters about strategies to resist evictions together, we heard the stories of those arrested for squatting under s 144, we learnt about how the financial crisis and housing crisis are interlinked, we talked regeneration, food banks, benefit cuts and housing associations. We explored positive visions of alternative housing and how…

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