A shortage of homes and high rents both cause homelessness. These issues also make it difficult for people to move on from homelessness into a stable home.
We are calling on governments across the UK to provide more low cost housing for people who need it. Rents should be set at levels that people on low incomes can afford, or benefit rules should be changed. Councils, housing associations and private landlords must all make sure that their properties are of a decent standard. People should not have to move every few months. We want to see more schemes that help homeless people find and keep accommodation.
Renting from a private landlord is the only housing option for many people. But rents are high an...
Not all homeless people need the same sort of housing. Some people need more than just a roof ove...
In many parts of the country, rented accommodation is too expensive for people on low incomes.
Our evidence on the different types of housing available in the UK and barriers to accessing them.
of private landlords will let their properties to homeless people
Six out of ten councils find it hard to access social tenancies for homeless people
We are sometimes accused of wanting too much policy-change on homelessness. Civil servants especially, can find lists of principled demands exasperating when set against the realities and political limitations they face. Perhaps a good question to ask in the new year is whether there are policies, successes that can be built on?
No one should be forced to face incredible dangers every day because they cannot afford to keep a...