Series 2 Episode 2
9PM Wed 23 April 2014

The Tower Hamlets housing office is facing a relentless stream of homelessness. In 2013, 8500 individuals came to the council's emergency housing department claiming to be in urgent need of help.

Each individual case has its own complications and shows the wide variety of urgency in the need for rehousing, from a single mother and her five-year-old daughter who are made homeless for rent arrears, to a rough sleeper surviving on a diet of sugary water, and a family of four who are evicted by members of their own family.

With 20,000 people already on the waiting list for council housing and benefit cuts putting increased pressure on services, some are lucky enough to be offered help, but many others are left to fend for themselves.

This is a behind-the-scenes look at how a council service that is stretched to breaking point is attempting to deal with the growing housing crisis in one of the UK's most densely populated boroughs.

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    1. How to Get a Council House Wed 23 Apr 2014 Episode 2 28 days left

      The Tower Hamlets housing office is facing a relentless stream of homelessness. In 2013, 8500 individuals came to the…

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      1. S2-Ep2: Eviction Warning This video is a intro S2-Ep2: Eviction Warning Video duration: 2:01 minutes

        Single mother Jenelle discusses her housing situation
      2. S2-Ep2: Riches to Rags This video is a clip S2-Ep2: Riches to Rags Video duration: 1:50 minutes

        Nelson receives disappointing news from the council
    2. How to Get a Council House Wed 16 Apr 2014 Episode 1 21 days left

      In the London Borough of Tower Hamlets hundreds of families who are out of work and reliant on benefits face eviction…

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      1. S2-Ep1: Priority List This video is a intro S2-Ep1: Priority List Video duration: 1:28 minutes

        Project officer Brian discusses the demand for housing in the Tower Hamlets borough
    1. S1-Ep1: Who Gets The House? This video is a clip S1-Ep1: Who Gets The House? Video duration: 1:28 minutes

      A number of council tenants compete for the same council house. Watch How to Get a Council House Episode 1
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      Former fishmonger Alan is facing up to the impact of the bedroom tax on council tenants Watch How to Get a Council House Episode 2
    3. S1-Ep3: Emergencies This video is a clip S1-Ep3: Emergencies Video duration: 1:33 minutes

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    1. S2-Ep1: Priority List This video is a intro S2-Ep1: Priority List Video duration: 1:28 minutes

      Project officer Brian discusses the demand for housing in the Tower Hamlets borough Watch How to Get a Council House Wed 16 Apr 2014
    2. S2-Ep2: Eviction Warning This video is a intro S2-Ep2: Eviction Warning Video duration: 2:01 minutes

      Single mother Jenelle discusses her housing situation Watch How to Get a Council House Wed 23 Apr 2014
    3. S2-Ep2: Riches to Rags This video is a clip S2-Ep2: Riches to Rags Video duration: 1:50 minutes

      Nelson receives disappointing news from the council Watch How to Get a Council House Wed 23 Apr 2014

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