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East End wins accolade for tackling overcrowding problems

PUBLISHED: 19:04 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010

HOUSING bosses in London’s East End have beaten off competition from 300 housing associations across the UK to win a prestigious neighbourhood’ award for the way they’ve tackled overcrowding. They won the Best Diversity and Race title at a ceremony hosted by TV star Lorraine Kelly at the Nation Housing Federation awards

HOUSING bosses in London’s East End have beaten off competition from 300 housing associations across the UK to win a prestigious neighbourhood’ award for the way they’ve tackled overcrowding.

They won the Best Diversity and Race title at a ceremony hosted by TV star Lorraine Kelly at the Nation Housing Federation awards in Birmingham.

The overcrowding’ strategy by Tower Hamlets Community Housing has been recognised for reducing cramped living conditions from one-in-five of its properties in 2000 to fewer than six out of every 100 homes today—a 300 per cent improvement.

Overcrowding was reckoned to be the biggest challenge when the housing organisation was formed eight years ago to manage former council housing estates.

It created the larger homes needed for black and minority ethnic families by remodelling estates—knocking walls down to join small flats into larger apartments and pulling down bedsit blocks to build family accommodation.

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