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National Context Immediate context – Deficit reduction, austerity & the Coalition Government Historical context – right to buy, regeneration, housing.

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2 National Context Immediate context – Deficit reduction, austerity & the Coalition Government Historical context – right to buy, regeneration, housing market rollercoaster

3 Housing – what’s the problem? Inadequate supply Empty homes Unaffordability

4 And that’s not all… Overcrowding Bad effects of poor quality housing Private rental sector = only option

5 Meanwhile homelessness increases – or does it? Duty satisfied by 12 month PRS rental and end of life time tenancies for new lets = no of households in TA drops like a stone Restrictions on who can join the waiting list = households on the list cut by 000s

6 What can be done? Challenge the orthodoxy about fairness and tell stories about how the cuts are impacting people - Be informed Ease the pain Increase housing supply Pray

7 This is where Housing Justice comes in National Christian organisation: Christian voice on housing and homelessness Helping churches help homeless people Raising awareness of issues & solutions Encouraging partnership & speaking up for church action Membership organisation – please join us!

8 We’re here to help... Support, advice and consultancy to churches and others involved in action on housing and homelessness Toolkits to help you set up a Night Shelter, a Mentoring & Befriending project or develop housing (FIAH) Forums for Night Shelters, M&B Schemes and Christian practitioners Training for volunteers and project coordinators Brokering relationships with Local Authorities and other partners Resources for prayer and reflection

9 Alison Gelder Director Housing Justice Contact


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