We are in the midst of an economic downturn that is probably going to be longer and deeper than ever before. Unemployment is high, household budgets are under pressure and the squeeze on public spending means that the security of people’s homes is less certain every day. Despite all the progress we have made over our history. A vision of a society where everybody has a decent home is still far from a reality.
The housing crisis is a human crisis. There are simply not enough decent and affordable homes for people who need them and there is not enough good advice and support for those fighting to keep their homes. Supporting vulnerable families most at risk of homelessness, helping them understand their housing rights, and avoiding eviction or repossession is critically important.
Thousands of people are living without basic facilities that most of us take for granted and many are facing the prospect of having their home taken away from them. This has a huge impact on people’s lives and destroys children’s chance to grow up in a safe, stable environment.