Public Housing Revolution in the UK

Thursday, May 23, 2019 Prince George Ballroom, 15 E 27th Street, New York

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, CHPC hosted the Public Housing Revolution in the UK, a panel discussion to discuss how both the affordable housing industry and public housing residents were given elevated roles to help housing authorities improve the public housing conditions with remarkable results.

At the event, participants heard from an affordable housing owner/operator about the different ways they have played a part in these improvements. And from both a tenant organizer and a public housing resident about how they are ensuring that the changes are responsive to resident needs.

In the UK:

  • There was even more public housing than in NYC. By 1979, 30% of all households in London were living in public housing.
  • Public Housing conditions were drastically improved after the regeneration.
  • A menu of options was possible, not one-size-fits-all.
  • Tenants were at the core of the decision-making process.
  • Housing Authorities are now positioned to be strategic and asset management entities.

Despite Londons larger scale and arguably worse conditions, a sustained effort has increased the quality of public housing in the UK. Public housing developments were regenerated via a menu of options. Social Landlords have a clear and transparent incentive to provide good management services. Tenants were at the center of the decision-making process. Change is possible!


  • Sarah Watson, Deputy Director, CHPC
  • Geoff Bell, Chair, Woodberry Down Community Organization
  • Kate Davies, Chief Executive, Notting Hill Genesis Housing Association
  • Jenny Osbourne, Chief Executive, Tpas

More about the guest speakers

Event recording

Presentation materials from speakers

Presentation by Jessica Katz, Executive Director, CHPC

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Presentation by Sarah Watson, Deputy Director, CHPC

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Presentation by Kate Davies, Chief Executive of Knotting Hill Genesis

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Presentation by Geoff Bell, Co-Chair of the Woodberry Down Community Organization

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Presentation by Jenny Osbourne, Chief Executive of Tpas- the tenant engagement experts

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