11 June 2018
Responding to the Crisis plan to end homelessness, Catherine Ryder, Head of Policy at the National Housing Federation, said:
“This is an impressive, timely and ambitious plan. The number of people on the streets and stuck in temporary accommodation has sky rocketed in recent years. Urgent action is now needed to ensure everyone has somewhere safe and stable to live.
“Crisis are right to highlight the desperate need for more social housing. A key reason why increasing numbers are stuck in temporary accommodation is because local authorities have no homes to offer people. It’s common sense that more houses means less people without a home. The Government must invest in building more homes for social rent and making land cheaper for those building social housing.
“Housing associations are also committed to playing their part to end this crisis. Many already provide financial, drug misuse and mental health advice, and other support to keep people in their homes. But we know there is more that social housing providers can do and we welcome Crisis’ recommendations.”