Sign Now To Help Stop Mass Homelessness

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Sign Now To Help Stop Mass Homelessness
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Right now, we are on the cliff edge of a mass homelessness crisis.

The pandemic pushed many into poverty and to the brink of homelessness. With thousands of people facing eviction and hundreds of thousands more in rent arrears, we must act now to prevent a mass homelessness crisis. Sign the petition today to show your support for the Stop Mass Homelessness Campaign and demand the Government takes action on three key areas.

Address the rent arrears crisis

During the pandemic, around £360 million was built up in rent arrears in the private rented sector.

Since then, we have seen the end of furlough, Universal Credit cut by £20 and rising energy and gas costs. People are having to make difficult choices – feed the children or pay the rent?

Everyone deserves safety, security and a roof over their head. Government must act now to address the rent arrears crisis and ensure no one is pushed into homelessness.

They have already allocated £65 million to help councils deal with the crisis – but we’re hearing from councils that this is nowhere near the long-term investment needed to keep people in their homes.

Stop unfair evictions

The Government suspended no-fault evictions during the pandemic and promised that no-one would lose their home due to Covid-19 poverty. But after the suspension was lifted, we saw cases hitting the courts at alarming rates and a failure of the Government to keep their promise.

An investigation into evictions in courts found that in a third of cases Covid-19 poverty was referenced. Despite the Government’s promise, judges were legally obliged to serve eviction notices.

These are just some of the ways that renters are being let down by the current system. We need the Government to bring forward a Renter’s Reform that works for everyone.

Invest in sustainable jobs and training

Hundreds of thousands of people were put on furlough, or lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, leading to loss of income and risk of homelessness.

We need to see investment in sustainable jobs and training, to get people back into work and to future proof the job industry. Keeping people in meaningful, paid employment will help people to afford their homes both now and in the future.

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“I feel this is appalling and indefensible; everyone deserves a safe and secure place to live. They also deserve an income which is high enough to be able to pay their rent without having to deprive themselves of other necessities. A DECENT HOME IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT!”
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“During the pandemic the government arranged help for mortgage payers but has somehow overlooked vulnerable tenants. Time for them to look out for people who are struggling with their rent before it is too late. It will even save the country money to prevent a homelessness crisis instead of clearing one up!”
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“It's a joke. It needs to stop, it's unbearable, it's just not right to see so many human beings living this way.”
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“It is shameful that in a country as wealthy as ours that there are still people living daily with the threat of homelessness through no fault of their own.”
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“Unnecessary and cruel in a wealthy country. It could be ended overnight if we all paid a little more tax.”
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“It's shameful and avoidable - the government must act!”
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“Very sad that people are homeless when so many properties stand empty and coukd be used.
No one should be on the streets, its not fair.”
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Iain M has helped recruit 39 more signatures and 4 more supporters so far!
“The Government must act now. The 'everyone in' initiative at the start of the pandemic demonstrated they really can make a difference if they choose to act. And they must act now to stop a wave of mass homelessness...”
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Charlie R has helped recruit 11 more signatures and 2 more supporters so far!
“When some people have actually managed to get richer during the pandemic it is atrocious that many more will become homeless through no fault of their own.”
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Elly S has helped recruit 9 more signatures and 1 more supporters so far!
“This has been brewing since the Thatcher era when she told councils to sell tenants their homes and not build any more. Employers either have to pay a living wage or councils have to provide housing for the low paid. It's really not rocket science.”
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“This is heartbreaking. How did we get to this state??”