Opinion: Housing Day and the Importance of Homes

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Yesterday marked the eighth annual Housing Day social media event, celebrating the positive impact social housing has on the lives and wellbeing of many.

The event, which you can catch up on on our social media channels, joins the National Housing Federation’s ‘Homes at the Heart’ campaign, and calls for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing.

COVID-19 has made 2020 incredibly difficult for all, with the long-term repercussions likely to last for years to come. According to latest figures, 3.8 million people are in need of social housing in England.

Estimates suggest that low-income workers are almost twice as likely to lose their jobs due to the pandemic. With just 6,338 new social rented homes being built last year, action is needed to ensure the country’s recovery from COVID isn’t as devastating as the virus itself.

We have followed the ‘Homes at the Heart’ campaign throughout the past few months closely on this blog, and yesterday marked a day of celebration as we shared uplifting stories of the role safe and affordable housing plays across our platforms.

Housing offers so much more than the proverbial roof over one’s head; it opens doors into employment and promotes positive physical and mental health amongst other benefits, and now is the time to act to ensure the work we do can be built upon.

Recent surveys show that our services at Horton Housing are making a positive impact on the lives of many, with one client commenting: “Myself and family have received excellent service around budgeting and getting debts sorted. We now have disposable income which is a great relief. Our support worker has done everything to help us to improve our lives”.

Join us in celebrating the benefits of social housing to ensure it has a sustainable and prosperous future. Follow #HousingDay across social media for more.

For more from our CEO Paul Gartland, click here.