We are calling on Tower Hamlets council to:
- Keep Hopetown Hostel open
- Retain ALL of its women-only hostel beds
- Invest in social housing and support services for women and non-binary people
Why is this important?
Tower Hamlets council is evicting over 100 vulnerable residents from Hopetown women-only hostel in Whitechapel. The council is closing the hostel and cutting women-only hostel beds in the borough by one third. They have issued eviction notices and are forcing residents to move to mixed gender accommodation or sending them miles away out of borough.
Hopetown Hostel in Whitechapel is one of the last women-only hostels in East London.
Most homeless women and non-binary people are survivors of violence or abuse. With refuges closing their doors and a housing crisis, gender specific hostel services like Hopetown provide a vital space for survivors.
Tower Hamlets council are treating survivors and other vulnerable women appallingly and are putting them at risk.