The national Christian housing and homelessness organisation Housing Justice is calling for Churches to speak out about the need for more housing, in particular the critical national shortage of housing affordable to people on ordinary incomes.
Speaking at the 'Housing for the Common Good' event on last week, Alison Gelder of Housing Justice and David Orr of the National Housing Federation both called for an urgent national debate about “what sort of society we want to live in”
Ms Gelder said: “Christian solidarity means that the distress and deprivation suffered by our brothers and sisters who are unable to find decent affordable housing affects us all. We must shoulder the responsibility placed on us by our faith and speak up for the Common Good.”
David Orr added: “Before the mid-1970s housing was considered a critical public or social service. Since then, it has been considered a private good. None of the current initiatives addresses the underlying failure – to see that being well housed is critical for the whole nation, critical to our future economic success, and critical to our wellbeing.”
The event was organised for Poverty and Homelessness Action Week 2014, which took as its theme Standing alongside people in Poverty.
* Housing Justice: http://www.housingjustice.org.uk