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Coming Home

This blog is written by a member of the independent Commission. These views do not necessarily represent the views of the Archbishops' or the Church of England.

Around 8 million people in England are living in overcrowded, unaffordable or unsuitable housing, according to a recent report by the National Housing Federation. This number is likely to have risen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Whole sections of our society, including people of all ages, are affected by the housing crisis, but those caught in poverty bear the brunt of this injustice. The scale and consequences of the housing crisis have been further exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is a national scandal.

In response to this crisis, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York has commissioned the 'Coming Home' report. This report sets out vital actions for the Church, Government and other Stakeholders to take with a focus on building better communities and more truly affordable homes, not just houses. 

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"If the purpose of housing was understood as building homes and communities, not merely building accommodation with bricks and mortar, the whole nature of the industry would be changed."

Justin Welby, Reimagining Britain: Foundations for Hope

"Simply building more houses is not sufficient. What we need are stronger communities in which people can be proud of and where they can feel safe, welcome, and able to put down roots and flourish."