ARCH marked its annual Tenants' Conference 2011 with the launch of a
new publication featuring interviews with tenants about their
experiences of council housing.
More than 120 council tenants from across England met on 19th May
for this year's event at Milton Keynes Dons Stadium to hear about
latest housing issues and give their views.
The new booklet Home Truths: Tenants' Tales of Council Housing
was launched by ARCH Tenants' Group chair, Jennifer Holmes, a West
Lancashire District Council tenant.
She said: 'As someone who lives in a council home and is proud to
do so, I get sick and tired of negative media stereotypes of
council tenants. Home Truths challenges that image. Resources are
scarce and there are tough issues facing councils and their
tenants. But local authority tenants are no different to anyone
else and we wanted to show the positive side of life in council
Residents in local authority homes across England tell their
stories in the booklet. These include: an 82-year-old community
champion from Birmingham; a woman who runs a charity for terminally
ill people from her South Derbyshire bungalow; a school cook from
West Lancashire; a young man preparing for life in his first home;
and families in North Kesteven, who are overjoyed to move into new,