What is GMHA?
Greater Manchester Housing Action was founded in November 2015 in the context of the worsening housing crisis and city-regional devolution. We believed this offered a political opportunity to remake the local political landscape and open up conversations about the ‘right to the city’.
Since our formation, we have grown to be a key actor within a growing and increasingly powerful housing movement in the city. We have built an effective network of campaigners, community organisers and academics to advocate for socialist solutions to the housing crisis and keep the issue high on the political agenda.
We want to live in a city where everybody has a safe and stable roof over their head. The city should be run in the interests of its citizens, and the power of finance capital to reshape the city in its interests must be restricted. We want houses to be used as homes, not investment opportunities. We believe that Greater Manchester can provide an example to the rest of the country of how to end the housing crisis and to run a 21st century city in an inclusive, socially just and forward thinking way.
We work to strengthen the housing movement in Greater Manchester. We do this by:
- Empowering and educating people across the city on housing issues, providing information and collectively developing the skills to bring about progressive change.
- Facilitating greater citizen input into housing policy and creating channels for grassroots to challenge power.
- Coordinating a network of actors in the housing movement to create maximum political impact through strategic interventions.
Our online platform
We use our online platform to publish a range of analysis and opinion relating to the housing crisis. Our scope isn't limited to issues in Greater Manchester - we take a broad view of the crisis, and publish authors from across Britain and the world. We hope this platform can provide a space for critical reflection, advance our analysis, and strengthen the movement for housing.
The views expressed are those of individual authors and and are not necessarily the view of GMHA.