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Home. No less will do.

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

But with home ownership out of reach and social housing in short supply, we’re calling on the government to unlock private renting for homeless people in England.

They can do this by supporting projects that help homeless people, vulnerable tenants and good landlords to create homes that last.

If people with experience of homelessness and landlords who want to help come together to call for action, the government will have to listen.


Add your voice by signing our open letter now:

Landlords: scroll down to sign our letter

To: Chancellor Philip Hammond MP, cc: Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP

Dear Chancellor,

We are writing to you as landlords who back Crisis’ campaign, ‘Home. No less will do’ to call on you to ensure the right support is available for homeless people trying to rent privately and the landlords who make that possible.

We want to provide our tenants with homes, because it makes good business sense. After all, when a tenant considers a property to be their home it is valued, treated with respect and lived in for years at a time.

There are few people who need a home more than those rebuilding their lives after the devastation of homelessness. But the reality for these prospective tenants is that a lack of money for a deposit or a lack of the skills needed to sustain a tenancy can mean that, for landlords, taking them on can pose a significant risk.

Few, if any, of us landlords are qualified to provide ongoing tenancy support. Yet without that support, it’s likely that the tenancy will fail and the tenant will fall back into homelessness.

There is a solution. As some of us have experienced personally, there are projects out there that work with homeless tenants and landlords create homes that last. And they really work: 90 per cent of clients of projects supported by Crisis have stayed in their homes six months or more.

That support can include pre-tenancy and ongoing support for homeless people when they become tenants, written guarantees for landlords in place of cash deposits and help to fix housing benefit problems. Most importantly, it builds good relationships between landlords and their tenants.

We think that support should be made available nationwide. That’s why we’re backing Crisis’ call for the Government to:

  • Fund projects that provide support to homeless people to rent and their landlords; 
  • Establish and underwrite a national rent deposit guarantee for those projects;
  • Introduce a quality mark for projects to ensure good quality support is provided. 

The Government has introduced several schemes to help people to buy a home. It’s only fair it does more to help homeless people rent.

We hope you will be able to support these proposals.

Yours sincerely,

 
 

Homeless: scroll down to sign our letter

To: Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP, cc: Chancellor Philip Hammond MP

Dear Minister,

As homeless and formerly homeless people, we’re writing to ask that you to support people trying to rent privately, as called for by Crisis’ campaign, ‘Home. No less will do’

Home should be a place of safety, warmth, protection and belonging. It’s about so much more than having a roof over your head. Being homeless means losing all that.

We know that escaping homelessness is not easy, especially when renting a home is out of reach. As well as being expensive—deposit, rent in advance and any fees—you need to know your rights and responsibilities before signing a contract.

There is a solution. As some of us have seen first-hand, help to rent projects work with homeless people, vulnerable tenants and landlords to create homes that last. And they really work: 90 per cent of clients in projects supported by Crisis have stayed in their homes six months or more.

That support can include pre-tenancy and ongoing support for homeless people when they become tenants, written guarantees for landlords in place of cash deposits and help to fix housing benefit problems. Importantly, it builds good relationships between landlords and their tenants.

Having experienced the devastation of homelessness, we think that support should be made available to homeless people nationwide. That’s why we’re backing Crisis’ call for the Government to:

  • Fund projects that provide support to homeless people to rent and their landlords
  • Establish and underwrite a national rent deposit guarantee for those projects;
  • Introduce a quality mark for projects to ensure good quality support is provided.

The Government has introduced several schemes to help people to buy a home. It’s only fair it does more to help homeless people rent.

We hope you will be able to support these proposals.

Yours sincerely,

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