“Too many people in this country are living without a secure home, unable to build a better life. JRF’s report just last week found that over one and a half million people were destitute in 2017, meaning they were unable to provide the bare essentials for themselves and their families. That’s just wrong.
"As a country we believe in justice and compassion, protecting people from harm. We have a shared responsibility to ensure everyone has a safe and decent place to call home, particularly at times of crisis. The ambitions of our politicians should reflect these values, so that much needed action is taken end homelessness.
“Successive Governments have failed to build enough low-cost rented homes, making a bad situation worse for many. The Government should take the opportunity of the forthcoming social housing green paper to commit to building the low-cost rented homes we need, releasing families from the grip of poverty.”