Our vision is for everyone in the UK to have access to a decent home that they can afford.
The lack of decent, affordable housing is one of the most pressing social problems facing the UK today. It causes harm, not only to individuals and families, but also to communities and society as a whole.
Having somewhere safe and secure to live is a basic human right: without affordable and decent housing, people can't establish settled lives or maximise opportunities to get the most out of employment and education. In addition, the high cost of housing in many areas is a direct cause poverty.
Our strategy seeks to improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged because of their housing circumstances. To do this, we aim to increase the number of decent affordable homes available to them.
Our Decent Affordable Homes strategy began in 2013 and moved into the second phase in 2017. We are committed to this strategy until 2026.
We define people in housing need as those whose housing circumstances put them at an increased risk of harm and disadvantage. The negative impact and consequences of their inadequate housing mean that these people are in charitable need.
People in housing need are particularly at risk of:
Essentially, we consider people in housing need as those who don't have the opportunity or means to live in a home that we define as decent or affordable.
We define a decent home as a home that:
We define an affordable home as a home where the rent or mortgage payments:
We want to influence changes to the housing system by supporting, testing and evidencing solutions for increasing the availability of decent affordable homes for people in need. To do this we will:
We will focus our intervention on delivering three programmes where we will award funding and use our influence: