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Communities that Work backs ‘Homes at the Heart’ campaign

The National Housing Federation, the Chartered Institute of Housing, Crisis, the Association of Retained Council Housing and the National Federation of ALMOs have today launched the Homes at the Heart campaign.

Over 60 organisations, including Communities that Work, are backing the campaign which is calling for a once-in-a-generation investment in social housing. Homes should be at the heart of our national recovery.

Everyone deserves a safe, secure, comfortable place to call home. Not just in the middle of this crisis, but always. The pandemic has shown the need for secure, high quality, better-designed affordable homes and, for many people, support to live in them. Investing in social housing makes this possible. It will also boost the economy, create jobs and improve people’s lives when our nation needs it most.

In an open letter to the chancellor Rishi Sunak, the campaign leaders are calling on government “to put social homes at the heart of recovery – as a driver of economic and social prosperity, and an anchor for strong communities.”

“To so many of the challenges that lie ahead, social housing is the answer. The social housing sector stands ready to play a major role in shoring up the future of the country.”

We believe that the housing sector is critical to building a sustainable and inclusive economic and social recovery. The recession will be toughest on those who are already disadvantaged, many of whom are our tenants and residents. As trusted community anchor organisations, housing providers are in a unique position to work with residents and communities to improve wellbeing, protect livelihoods and reduce the inequalities which the pandemic has compounded.

Housing associations invest £70m a year in employment and training support programmes and are at the centre of thriving communities. That is why we support the Homes at the Heart campaign.

For more information about the campaign, visit here:

Read the open letter to the Chancellor here

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