Housing Justice welcomes Brown’s commitment to housing

By staff writers
15 May 2007

The Christian Homeless Charity and Advocacy group Housing Justice has welcomed the commitment given by Gordon Brown to increase affordable housing in Britain.

Brown has acknowledged that in recent years the number of new homes being built in the UK has fallen short of demand. He has stated that a government under his leadership will build more rented social housing as well as affordable housing for private sale.

In a press release Housing Justice highlighted the latest government figures which show that at the end of the last quarter there were 89,510 households in temporary accommodation. 1,631,187 households are on local authority housing waiting lists

Housing Justice’s Chief Executive Alison Gelder said: “Gordon Brown’s commitments to increase the supply of affordable housing are very welcome. When implemented they will begin to address Britain’s housing shortage and should offer some hope to the 90,000 homeless families in temporary accommodation as well as the 1.7million families on housing waiting lists.”

“We look forward to the greater prominence that affordable housing will be given in government policy after years of neglect. If, as expected, Gordon Brown is elected as Labour Party leader he can quickly put his words into action by making funds available for house building in the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.”

Housing Justice is a Christian Charity which provides frontline services to people in housing need and campaigns to improve housing policy. It was formed in April 2003 by the merger of two long-standing housing charities, the Catholic Housing Aid Society (CHAS) and the Churches National Housing Coalition (CNHC).

In January 2006 Housing Justice merged with UNLEASH (Church Action on Homelessness in London).

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