Thames Reach joins ‘End Homelessness Now’ campaign
Homelessness charities are calling on every political party to #EndHomelessness, and to publish a plan setting out how they’ll do this within the first year of government.
In our society, we should all have a safe place to call home. But rising living costs and low-paid, unstable jobs put constant pressure on us, like water pressing against a dam. Without help, the dam can break, forcing people into homelessness.
But homelessness is not inevitable. In England by the late 2000s we’d nearly ended rough sleeping, and many countries and cities around the world have ended some forms of homelessness.
The next Government has the power to make sure that everybody in our society has a safe and stable home, by putting in place a plan that commits to:
– Improving access to truly affordable housing, by building at least 90,000 social homes a year over the next five years, and improving security for tenants in the private rented sector
– Strengthening support through the welfare system, through housing benefit that covers the cost of rent and fixing Universal Credit so that it doesn’t push people into homelessness
– Providing long-term, guaranteed funding for services which prevent homelessness and quickly get people off the street and into a stable home.
If nothing changes, thousands more of us will be pushed into homelessness. This General Election we’re calling on every political party to #EndHomelessness, and to publish a plan setting out how they’ll do this within the first year of government.
End Homelessness Now is a collaborative campaign between various homelessness charities and organisations working to end homelessness. Visit the official website: endhomelessnessnow.org.uk