on, hopefully a bright and sunny Wednesday morning the 11th March, members of staff from an array of North West housing associations will begin their journey over a gruelling challenge lasting two days. the rally is going to cover a 60 miles distance, and whether they walk/run/cycle or crawl, they are determined to travel across the region.
Homes for Britain, who are a national alliance of housing providers, professional bodies and charities have come together to campaign for the next government to have a clear long-term plan to tackle the housing crisis within a generation.
Homes for Britain’s call comes at a time when the demand for housing greatly outweighs the supply, not only locally but also at a National level. The Home Truths report highlighted the disturbing fact that over the next 20 years in the North West alone, 360,000 new families will need a place to call home, but at current building rates, more than half (over 195,000) will have nowhere to live. Meanwhile, some areas are in desperate need of regeneration and jobs, and having the right types of homes in the right places can play a vital role in sparking new life into these communities.
Katie Teasdale, External Affairs Manager at the National Housing Federation, said: “We are delighted housing associations across the North West are backing Homes for Britain. By taking the housing crisis to the heart of Westminster, these housing associations are highlighting the need to end the housing crisis within a generation.
“The next government needs to commit to a long-term plan – one that sets out how everyone can have access to the home they need at a price they can afford. We want people from all walks of life to add their voice, so get involved – write to local politicians, tell your friends and family, and tweet us using #HomesForBritain.”