Lack of Homes Causing ‘Catch-22 for Society’s Most Vulnerable’

Homeless Link  backs report calling  for urgent action to increase supply of affordable accommodation.

The latest ‘Housing Report’ published today from the National Housing Federation, Shelter and The Chartered Institute of Housing says that overcrowding, homelessness, housing costs and affordability in the private rental market are all getting worse.

Responding to the recommendations, Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, the umbrella body for homeless charities said:

“Despite rising homelessness and cuts to services our members have continued to provide a vital safety net to those who find themselves without a roof. However, as this report underlines, a chronic shortage of affordable quality homes is causing a catch-22 for society’s most vulnerable.

“High rents, the on-going recession, rising cost of living and welfare reform are adding to homeless numbers. An insufficient stock of appropriate accommodation means that homeless agencies are struggling to find enough permanent homes for those they help, which is key to helping individuals regain their independence and free up capacity for the newly homeless.

“This housing crisis could potentially get worse. We need urgent action on the ground to lower rent prices, increase the quality and supply of accommodation in the private rented sector, bring more empty homes into use and build more affordable housing.  Having a permanent place to call home is fundamental to helping individuals realise their potential and tackling homelessness in England.”

To see the report, visit: housing.org.uk