Housing association supports riot hit tenants
Housing staff, tenants and other residents have donated clothes, bedding, toiletries and food for 26 leaseholders whose homes were destroyed by rioters.
The leaseholders became homeless after their Metropolitan Housing Partnership homes in Tottenham High Road were burned down by rioters on Saturday night.
They are being housed temporarily in hotels or staying with friends or relatives until they can be re-housed permanently in Tottenham or elsewhere.
Bill Payne, chief executive of MHP, said other housing associations had pledged to help by providing accommodation, but would not reveal at this stage which ones.
Mr Payne said: ‘These people are mainly low cost home ownership leaseholders who left their homes with nothing and have found themselves the subject of charity.’
Mr Payne also praised the local community and staff for donating items for the leaseholders. Tottenham Green Leisure Centre has become a centre for donations. He said: ‘The centre has been filled with donations.’
He described the rioters and looters as ‘a bunch of mindless materialistic thugs.’