When the First World War ended in 1918, then Prime Minister David Lloyd George declared that it was time for the government to build decent, affordable housing. In his words, these would be ‘homes fit for heroes’ returning from battle, and the following year the country’s first council houses were built.
It’s now 100 years since the passing of the Housing and Town Planning Act, and the need for decent homes is as clear as ever. That’s why we’re working hard to ensure we can increase the number of homes we’re building as well as investing in our existing properties. Today, we’re proud to say that more than 45,000 people live in our homes across Lewisham.
In July the House of Commons will host a parliamentary reception to mark 100 years of council housing. Our Chief Executive Margaret Dodwell will be in attendance to represent Lewisham Homes along with the Chair of our Board, Ainsley Forbes, and resident Keith Walton.
Send us your photos
To celebrate 100 years of council housing we want to know what ‘home’ means to you. What’s precious about your home? It could be something that conjures up a memory or an emotion, or it could be a physical object. Maybe you’ve seen something in your area or in a corner of your house, or maybe it’s a thought best expressed with words. Send us your photo, drawing or short text illustrating something that makes you feel at home.
The deadline is 11 August and selected pictures will be on display at our resident garden party.
Your name will be displayed alongside your photo if it is chosen.