8.4 million people in need of a suitable home - briefing and resources

23 September 2019

We’ve published new research revealing that 8.4 million people across England are waiting for a suitable home.

For the first time, our new research reveals the true extent of the housing crisis in England. It shows that 8.4 million people – that’s one in every seven people – are directly affected by the housing crisis.

The research in brief

You can find a summary of the research and information on how the figures were calculated here.

In brief, the research shows that:

  • 8.4 million people across England are directly affected by the housing crisis – that’s one in seven people.

  • People are affected in a variety of ways, including:

    • living in overcrowded homes
    • living with ex-partners or parents
    • living in unsuitable homes, such as homes that are not suitable for people with mobility issues
    • people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

  • Of these 8.4 million, around half – 43% or 3.6 million – would need a social rented home to meet their needs.

The research also shows the breakdown of people affected across the country, with the problem affecting every single region.

Solving the problem

We believe that long-term investment in social housing is needed to provide people with suitable homes they can afford.

We’re calling for £12.8bn a year over the next 10 years to build 340,000 new homes – including 145,000 new social homes.

Housing associations are key partners to deliver these much-needed homes across the country.

Read more and share the story

There are a number of ways you can find out more and help share the story.

Who to speak to

Tristan Carlyon, Head of Research and Analysis