Having a secure home to live in is something most of us take for granted. Yet too many people don’t have a home to call their own, and are instead forced to rely on hostels and shelters, or to sleep rough.
Everyone deserves the opportunity to create their own pathways from poverty to prosperity, and having a home is an integral part of this. This week Crisis, the UK homelessness charity, has launched an innovative new plan which aims to see everyone have a place to live.
Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain, includes detailed costings by PWC, and includes a raft of recommendations to end homelessness. These include a focus on prevention, strategies for rapid rehousing, outreach to end rough sleeping and delivery of more affordable and accessible homes.
The causes of homelessness are often complex and numerous, from a lack of affordable housing, relationship and family breakdown, loss of employment, illness, addiction and abuse. With the lack of affordable housing in the UK fast-becoming one of the major challenges of our generation, we are working with Create Streets to help tackle the housing crisis. Our Planning 3.0 project asks what the planning system should look like in order to deliver sufficient numbers of affordable homes.
Homelessness is not inevitable. We want to see vulnerable people who are dealing with homelessness provided with the opportunities and support they deserve to have a safe and secure home, thereby giving them the chance to create their own pathways out of poverty.