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An emergency meeting will take place tomorrow to establish a Covid-19 task force dedicated to helping the homeless in Islington.

Homelessness support groups are calling on housing secretary Robert Jenrick to “divert emergency funding” to an east London hospital so it can care for rough sleepers with coronavirus.

Campaigners climbed up trees to stop a council contractor cutting them down this morning.

A new energy centre using heat from Northern Line Tube tunnels can now provide warmth and hot water to 1,350 Islington homes.

Councillors expressed unease at a Grenfell-linked contractor’s role in Islington’s outsourced housing contracts at a rowdy meeting on Tuesday (March 3).

A councillor claims a private consortium managing and maintaining thousands of Islington properties has “no accountability” and treats tenants “appallingly”.

A single mother has been pleading for a walk-in shower for two years because she’s fearful her son will have an epileptic fit and drown in the bath.

Islington Council is consulting on what it should do when a outsourced housing deal with a private sector consortium ends in April 2022.

An 89-year-old man has called for the paths on a Finsbury estate to be repaired after he fell and seriously injured himself for the second time in December.

Drug users are buying master keys meant for firefighters and “smoking crack on the stairs” of a Finsbury Park housing block, fed up neighbours have said.

The mayor of London has approved a £4million grant so Islington Council can buy the former Clerkenwell Fire Station and build 50 homes.

A couple were left in the lurch after a fraudster “hacked” their estate agent’s email and stole the deposit and a month’s rent they had saved up for a home in Canonbury.

Rory Stewart says the Tory governments he served in made the “wrong decision” to cut 21,000 police officers – and that Pentonville Prison should be demolished.

An agony aunt barber offers free haircuts and beard trims to homeless people in Islington – and says dancing helps lift their spirits.

A decade of building work has left Old Street neighbours with “PTSD” – and they roasted developers over the latest debacle at a heated meeting on Wednesday, January 15.

Tenants don’t feel safe in their Finsbury Park flats because drug users keep barricading themselves in the block.

Islington Council will stop outsourcing health checks to a controversial firm that claimed a homeless torture survivor was not vulnerable.

Members of a new homeless outreach group launched in response to Finsbury Park’s rough sleeper problem were “humbled” after a successful first food drive on New Year’s Day.

A mother with a three-month-old baby can’t spend Christmas at her flat in the Cally because it’s covered in black mould and mushrooms.

A neighbour says “horribly bright” streetlights in Canonbury are making birds tweet from 2am onwards and shortening his sleep.

Islington Council is spending £13.5million buying properties for temporary accommodation as it looks to stop relying on the private sector to support its homeless population.

A man living in a distinctive development near the Emirates Stadium says he’s “stuck in the building” and can’t sell his flat because it doesn’t have adequate safety certification.

Peabody’s removal of potentially combustible cladding on a Finsbury estate has allowed damp and mould into flats, causing elderly neighbours’ health to deteriorate.

As temperatures start to plummet, an initiative offering warm clothing to homeless people and rough sleepers will return to Exmouth Market tomorrow.

Fresh plans for a £150million development in Archway have been revealed – after being revised for a third time in as many years.

Volunteers counted 51 rough sleepers on the streets of Islington during the annual count on Friday – an increase of 8 people since last year.

A Roman Way restaurant will dish up free meals to homeless people every Monday of December.

Disabled and elderly people were “trapped” for five days when a lift in their Old Street block broke down earlier this month.

A private firm registered offshore made at least £9million off Islington Council’s two out-sourced housing deals between 2012 and 2018.

Islington Council is looking to expand its trial of the innovative Housing First model as part of a redesign of its supported housing service for vulnerable people.

A homeless man with severe mental health issues was failed by three councils who neglected their legal duties to support him before he died, a safeguarding review has found.

A winter homeless shelter is set to open in the former Upper Holloway Crown Post Office.

Homebuilding may be at a 30-year high, but experts say a rise in the number of long-term empty properties shows the wrong kind of housing is being built.

Police and the council last week evicted someone who was persistently causing anti-social behaviour in his community.

Vulnerable neighbours say the loss of heating and hot water on the Spa Green Estate is stripping them of dignity and causing their health to deteriorate.

A homeless man living in Islington was told he’d have to pay £89 for a new passport – without which he can’t apply for benefits or housing.

Renters in Islington are paying £3,000 a year more than they were in 2012, new figures show.

A mother says living in an overcrowded Upper Holloway flat while her debts rise due to the bedroom tax “feels like torture”.

A blocked pipe in a neighbouring property left an Archway family fighting back a constant stream of raw sewage that spewed out of their toilet for days.

Islington Council has vowed to redecorate a woman’s Clerkenwell home after it was flooded when work to fix the block’s water tank went wrong.

Plans have been submitted to transform the old visitors’ centre at Holloway Prison into a 24-hour winter homeless shelter for 25 people.

A burst pipe that flooded streets in Finsbury Park this morning has finally been turned off – but neighbours are left counting the cost with up to 150 homes damaged and warnings that hordes of rats could be “flushed up” by the tide.

Do we have a homeless problem or a problem with homeless people? An event at Union Chapel will ask just that, as well as screening a documentary about the making of a shelter and putting on performances from the Museum of Homelessness.

An elderly couple watched in horror as a “fountain of water” burst up from the kitchen sink and flooded their flat off St John Street last week.

Peabody is investigating allegations its contractors called a disabled women living in the Cally a “dummy” – during a 10-month project to fix her damp flat.

The 70-year-old academic who scoops rubbish out of the Regent’s Canal every day has spoken about his “extreme camping” lifestyle in King’s Cross.

Islington is dotted with disused police stations, an empty prison, dusty homes and derelict warehouses – Streets Kitchen needs to find one it can use as a homeless shelter before winter arrives, so we asked the community for recommendations.

Two years after Islington Council accepted the Spa Green Estate needs essential fire safety work, neighbours must endure a further delay due to faulty pipes.

Neighbours have rejected a proposal to bulldoze a building in St Mary’s Path Estate by a commanding two-to-one majority – and their housing association has now completely ruled out demolition.

Islington’s housing chief has edited a booklet about building affordable home that will be launched at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton later this month.

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