BCHA challenges parliamentary candidates to #FixTheHousingCrisis

Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA) has joined a national campaign calling for the new government to fix the housing crisis for good. 

BCHA, which has been supporting people through housing, specialist accommodation learning services and wellbeing advice for over 50 years, has joined The National Housing Federation’s #FixTheHousingCrisis campaign.

The campaign highlights the need for England to build 145,000 homes every year for 10 years, including 90,000 for social rent and 25,000 for shared ownership. This would unlock tens of thousands of new social homes across the country, as well as supporting the economy and lowering the benefit bill. The next government needs to invest £12.8bn in new social housing every year for a decade to make this a reality.

BCHA supports thousands of people a year across the south west from Dorset to Devon, through its stock of 1,800 properties and is highlighting the urgent need for more affordable housing and the work it is doing to help the crisis.

Martin Hancock, chief executive of BCHA said: “Homes for sale or rent in the south west have become increasingly out of reach for local people. Providing affordable homes helps people into work and saves the country money in the long run – it’s a return on investment we all benefit from.” He continued: “BCHA is committed to buying, redeveloping and building more homes at affordable rents and through shared ownership, to help with the growing demand in the local area. We are on target to meet our objective to build 500 extra homes over five years to 2022 - but we need a solid commitment from the next government to solve the housing crisis.”

Across Dorset average house prices outstrip average salaries. The worse constituency is Mid Dorset and North Poole where the average property price is 13 times more than the average salary. 

BCHA is also calling on the government to change the law surrounding Section 106 (the requirement for developers to build a percentage of affordable housing), to make this compulsory.

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