In-depth feature on residents of a block in London owned by Genesis Housing Association who came forward straight after the revelations from the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June. They say their repeated concerns over fire safety also fell on deaf ears. And they say they have been cautioning the housing association for over a decade, with no action.
First published in The Canary on 30 June 2017:
Residents feel Genesis treats them as a nuisance. And as one resident told The Canary:
“While maintenance and management of tenants concerns have been going downhill and properties going into disrepair, Genesis Housing Association have been buying up and selling cheaper properties to make way for new-build housing.”
Genesis is building hundreds of new homes each year. Around 815 a year according to its last Annual Review.
It made an overall surplus of £27.3m [pdf p6] while driving down relative operating costs from the previous year.
And while founded on the principle of providing affordable and social housing to the most vulnerable, it has now abandoned this mission, blaming cuts to government funding for social housing; while also sponsoring the thinktanks that influence government policy, thus supporting their arguments for deregulation and full privatisation.