The shortage of affordable homes
The country is in the grip of a housing shortage. And soaring rents, poor conditions and rising homelessness are the end result.
Shelter provides support and advice 365 days of the year to those facing bad housing or homelessness. But we know we will never fix the root causes of the problem unless we build enough decent, affordable homes.
For decades, successive governments have failed to build the homes we need. By 2008, the number of new homes being started had fallen to its lowest peacetime level since 1924 – and house building has barely recovered since then.
This means that every year more and more people are being priced out of home ownership. It means rising rents and more people competing for every single home.
Find out more about the housing crisis, including how it started and how Shelter thinks we can fix it.
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