We’re faced with a continually worsening housing crisis in this country. Thousands of people sleep on the streets on any given night. Over 250,000 people are homeless, stuck in temporary accommodation, such as hostels and bed and breakfasts, and in total, 17.5 million people are impacted in some way by the housing emergency – living in overcrowded, dangerous, unstable or unaffordable housing. (england.shelter.org.uk/support_us/campaigns/what_is_the_housing_emergency)
Here in the Southwest, the crisis is deepened by factors such as the high cost of housing relative to wages, and the limited available of properties for rent due to the high proportion of second homes and the demand for holiday season lets.
Our June speaker is Jack Spooner from Shelter. Shelter is a national charity that offers support to those facing housing issues and homelessness, as well as campaigning to end homelessness and bad housing in Great Britain. Jack is going to talk to us about the situation in Plymouth and what Shelter is doing to help those affected. He’ll be covering:
Private Renting in Plymouth (covering renters rights, the sort of cases Shelter see and what they are doing to improve conditions)
Social Housing in Plymouth (covering the shortage of properties/ the waiting list, how social housing benefits individuals, communities and the economy and evictions by housing associations)
Temporary accommodation (The challenges this is putting on people in this situation and the cost to society)
Short-term lets (the rise in holiday homes in the region and the impact on communities)
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