Unless we act, the UK is facing a homelessness crisis this autumn.
Thousands of families are facing evictions and repossessions as measures to protect families put in place during Covid end, Universal Credit is reduced, the furlough scheme ends and electricity and gas prices are due to rise.
Right now a family is made homeless every 3.5 hours - and that could rise even more without action.
It's a perfect storm of conditions that means the threat of mass homelessness later this year is a very real possibility. That's why the Big Issue has launched a major new campaign to stop mass homelessness.
We are making simple demands of government to prevent the immediate threat of mass homelessness:
- Pay off £360m in rent arrears
- Suspend no fault evictions until a Renters’ Reform Act is passed
- Make permanent the £20 Universal Credit uplift
- Improve access to Discretionary Housing Payment and unfreeze Local Housing Allowance
To address long-term challenges we also call for:
- A Future Generations Act to end short-term thinking of government policy
- Expand social housing and encourage innovative ways to increase housing stock
- Improve support for financial literacy education
- Increase support for ethical property and letting firms
- Invest to create new green jobs
- For more information, visit bigissue.com/stop-mass-homelessness