Over 8 million people ‘waiting for a suitable home’

In England, 8.4 million people – or one in seven of the population – are still in need of a suitable home, according to the National Housing Association.

Its new figures have revealed “the true extent of the housing crisis” the association said, as it called for more investment in social and affordable housing.

The research showed that the problem affected every region of England. The total of 8.4 million people included those who were homeless or at risk of homelessness, people living in overcrowded homes, those having to live with ex-partners or parents, and people living in unsuitable homes, such as homes that not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

Of the 8.4 million people affected, around 43% – or 3.6 million – would need a social rented home to meet their needs, the National Housing Association noted.

“We believe that long-term investment in social housing is needed to provide people with suitable homes they can afford,” the association said. “We’re calling for £12.8bn a year over the next 10 years to build 340,000 new homes – including 145,000 new social homes. Housing associations are key partners to deliver these much needed homes across the country.”

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