A letter to the housing minister.
The latest cabinet reshuffle and appointment of Michael Gove as Britian's new housing minister must be a moment for change and a new perspective for tackling the housing crisis.
The desperate need for Affordable Housing has never been more prevalent. According to Shelter, 6 million adults in England alone fear homelessness as a result of the pandemic. Even though the housing sector has been facing challenges for years, the effects of COVID-19 have only exacerbated these further.
The new Secretary of State for Housing, Michael Gove, faces a significant challenge in ensuring that his leadership instigates the change that Britain crucially needs. This change in leadership could be the opportunity for the sector to rethink how we approach the Affordable Housing and Supported Housing industry as a whole.
At HSPG, for example, we are well versed in the ways we can help to address the homelessness and housing crisis beyond simply building new homes. We have recently undertaken projects such as the conversion of an old William Hill unit into flats for victims of domestic violence. Not only do these projects deliver social impact, but reuse also help to meet sustainability goals – another topic that should be high on Gove’s agenda.
Our CEO recently wrote for EG on the priorities that Michael Gove must tackle as he takes his seat as housing minister. You can read the full piece here.
The Times also picked up the letter to the minister, you can read it here.
To find out more about what we are doing to help with the homelessness crisis and to generate a positive impact on the housing sector get in touch.