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Riverside rent rise

May 25th 2009
Residents at a homeless hostel are up in arms about a substantial rise in weekly service charges. Riverside House in Docklands, east London, houses up to 40 homeless men who are supported through drug and drink rehabilitation programmes. People living at the centre, which is run by the Salvation Army's Housing Association, have been told that their rent payments are to be increased by around 70 per cent - an average jump in real terms from £14 a week to £23. One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "We all signed a petition in protest to such a steep rise. We are all on benefits and a lot of us are battling against drink and drug addiction. This is such a huge rise that there was a real air of militancy around the place, but the managers know that we have nowhere else to go, so there is little we can do really." In a letter, the Salvation Army blames the rent hike on the "rising cost of utilities" and says the rises will help residents learn useful skills in budgeting so that they will be "equipped to meet the demands that will be presented to them in the future." On going to press, the situation had yet to be resolved, with some of the residents considering rent strikes.

April 2009



Why don’t they leave?

Poncho's back

Building a bicycle club

Booze to the door

Rough sleeper


Discussion on move-ons

A new Scottish alliance

Murder rumour unfounded

US white-collar homeless

A strange invitation

Your own budget

Croydon hut eviction

Riverside rent rise

Tent City to be shut down

A plea to Obama

Why referrals stopped

Shelter from the Storm

Street Shield 4: The Villains!

Glasgow residents complain

Edinburgh charities compete for funds

Kids out

Section 11

One Life, coming soon to cinemas

30,000 Scots now homeless


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