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Housing

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.

What is the solution?

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.

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The issues explained

Housing supply

There is not enough good quality affordable housing for the people that need it.

Private renting

Renting from a private landlord is the only housing option for many people. But rents are high and properties are often in poor condition.

Housing models and types

Not all homeless people need the same sort of housing. Some people need more than just a roof over their head.

Housing affordability

In many parts of the country, rented accommodation is too expensive for people on low incomes.

How this impacts homelessness

Our evidence on the different types of housing available in the UK and barriers to accessing them.

only

20%

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

Campaign

To rebuild your life after homelessness you need more than a roof over your head. You need a home. No less will do.

Home. No less will do campaign

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What you can do

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