October 9th 2021 Day of Action - We are in a climate, health and housing emergency! You can watch it on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/JpnSAtEDZS4 Organisations backing the 9 October Day of Action ■ Action on Empty Homes ■ The Big Issue ■ Defend Council Housing ■ Disabled People Against Cuts ■ Fuel Poverty Action ■ Greater Manchester Housing Action ■ Homes for All ■ Labour Homelessness Campaign ■ People Before Profit ■ Peace & Justice Project ■ Radical Housing Network ■ Renters’ Rights London ■ Social Housing Action Campaign ■ Streets Kitchen ■ Street Storage ■ Unite Union London and South East and London Region ■ Unite Community London and Eastern Region ■ Yes to Fair Redevelopment How you can get involved 1. Join the online national rally at 11am on the Action on Empty Homes and Homes for All Facebook pages. You can also join the rally on the Action on Empty Homes Youtube channel https://youtu.be/JpnSAtEDZS4 2. Organise your own local protest and photoshoot or selfie for the Day of Action. Send your photos to [email protected] Order posters and leaflets for the Day of Action - e-mail [email protected] please offer a donation of £5 or £10 here to cover costs. You can see the new poster "TAKE ACTION ON EMPTY HOMES' which is available in A0, A1 and A2 sizes here Download the Day of Action leaflets: A4 leaflet here and A5 leaflet here Download the Campaign Launch Media Release here 3. Put out a local press release - Please edit the copy in the national media release above and add your local details and numbers for your local area. We want national government to give local councils the financial support to get to grips with the growing problem of empty homes. To find how many empty homes there are in your council area go click here: To find our about whole-home Airbnbs in your council area visit here: https://www.airdna.co/ 4. Use your social media to advertise the Day of Action. We will post resources on our webpages to help you make the best impact on the day. Download publicity images for use on social media (2 versions available): here as a jpg or here as a png here as a jpg or here as a png https://www.actiononemptyhomes.org/ and http://www.axethehousingact.org.uk/ For more information call: Will at Action on Empty Homes on 07968 950223 or Morag at Homes for All on: 07904 534580 We are calling the 9th October Day of Action for four reasons: 1) Over 100,000 families are living in Temporary Accommodation while over half a million homes have no permanent resident. 2) The wrong kind of housing is being built across the country - they are unaffordable to anyone on an average income to either rent or buy. These new builds are also being sold off-plan and ending up as Airbnb short lets, second homes or buy to leave empty wealth investments with no permanent residents. 3) Communities are being broken up as council estates that could be refurbished are being left to decline, to be replaced by yet more unaffordable new build. 4) The Climate emergency demands refurbishment, not demolition. Retrofitting 270,000 long term empty homes and council estates can help solve the climate crisis. We will hold street actions and hold a national rally from 11am to 12 noon on 9th October calling for empty homes to be used by those living in temporary and overcrowded accommodation and to meet the climate emergency. The Day of Action is also to raise public awareness of the rising number of long-term empty homes and homes without a permanent resident in England. Government and market data show there are around 270,000 long-term empty homes, 260,000 second-homes with no permanent resident and 120,000 Airbnb type short-lets Letters: to local organisations, your MP and local councillors to support the day Letter 1: to send to your local councillors inviting them to support the campaign CLICK HERE Letter 2: to send to your local MP inviting them to support the campaign CLICK HERE Government data on long term empty homes Table 615: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants In addition MHCLG data records a further 263,000 homes with no residents classified as ‘second homes’. This gives a current total of homes without residents of over 928,000.