House us NOW or we'll live here!
Disabled people are occupying this council office and holding a house-warming party. We aim to
encourage the Housing Director to address the crisis in housing disabled people, by living here
until they meet our demands.
We demand the Housing Director re-house us, and create an action plan to deal with the City
wide crisis. A reliable source in Manchester's Housing Department last week admitted that there
are "probably thousands" waiting for accessible housing.
In Manchester, and nationally, lack of safe housing and support means disabled people can't
leave hospital, their parents or abusive relationships, forcing hundreds into institutions such
as nursing homes and respite. We are forced into dependency by our circumstances, not just by
illness or impairment.
We have a right to safe, accessible housing in our own community. "It seems whenever someone tries
to help me - my MP, or Deputy Leader of the Council - the Housing Department offers me yet another
obviously unsuitable property: just to be seen to be doing something." said one activist.
More information about national DAN, local organisers and the Free Our People campaign at this
website, or phone the national office on 0121 247 4424.
To send messages of support, or add your story you can email us at:
or fill in the form below, cut it out and post it to the Housing Director at :
PO Box 531,
Town Hall Extension,
Dear Mr Rumbelow,
Disabled people should not be forced into taking direct action, just to have their basic human
Pay attention to disabled people now and work out an action plan to re-house thousands of disabled
citizens who are waiting for safe and accessible homes.
(further comments) -------------------------