3.8 Million People are in Need of Social Housing in England

3.8 Million People are in Need of Social Housing in England

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Gudrun Haskins-Carlisle, Services Director. The National Housing Federation’s ‘People in Housing Need’ annual report has yesterday been published, with 3.8 million people in need of social housing in England. This number equates to 1.6 million households, an increase of 500,000 from the official waiting lists. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for social housing is expected to see a sharp increase, as estimates note that low-income earners are roughly twice as likely to lose their jobs. With a severe shortage of social homes already, some in need of housing have been on waiting lists for nearly two decades, and with the pandemic seeing more and more people requiring social housing, the wait for many will continue. Last year only 6,338 new social rented homes were built, yet the…
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OPINION: Homes are at the heart of a Stronger Economy

OPINION: Homes are at the heart of a Stronger Economy

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From our CEO Paul Gartland. This week marks the start of the National Housing Federation’s campaign, Homes at the Heart. Having a place to call your own is one of the first steps for many homeless and vulnerable people towards accessing employment, education and training. People who have experienced, or are at risk of homelessness, face a number of barriers to contributing to a stronger economy, such as having no fixed address, access to IT, chaotic lifestyles, and even access to suitable clothing and washing facilities. Throw in the other challenges some of our clients face – substance and alcohol misuse, previous convictions, low self-esteem and confidence, mental health problems, poor education and employment histories, and it can be extremely challenging to get back into the job market. In the…
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