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Islington’s Covid-19 homeless taskforce says a “massive community effort” has kept some of the most vulnerable people in the borough safe during the coronavirus crisis.

Islington’s Covid-19 homeless taskforce has called on the government to axe a “hostile environment” policy which “puts people onto the streets”.

Emily Thornberry has urged the government to extend the eviction ban beyond June 25 to stop renters “plunging into homelessness”.

Campaigners claim a developer has disregarded four “crucial issues” around a landmark housing plan for the former Holloway Prison site.

The current ban on evictions ends on June 25. The government must extend the deadline and overhaul the system.

Campaigners are calling for rent arrears accumulated during the Covid-19 lockdown to be scrapped – with central government instead reimbursing small landlords via grants.

More than 500 campaigners have signed a petition urging the council to abandon plans to build on a wildflower meadow in Archway – warning it will cause “reckless loss of a natural habitat”.

A feminist direct action group has accused a housing association of a “lack of transparency in its decision making” over plans for a women’s centre on the former Holloway Prison site.

Solace Women’s Aid has secured 70 new units where woman and children fleeing domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis can take refuge.

Islington’s housing chief says the council won’t allow developers to defer social housing obligations during the coronavirus crisis.

Many LGBTQI+ homeless people are “very unsafe” and turning to “survival sex” during the Covid-19 lockdown, warns a charity chief.

At least seven homeless people died in Islington last year – and a social justice charity has launched a new memorial site to document others killed by Covid-19.

A landlord is offering NHS workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic a rent-free stay in his Finsbury Park flats, if they need it.

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.

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