We are facing a serious housing crisis in London with increasing numbers of people unable to afford to buy or even rent a home. The numbers of council homes available are shrinking because of the right-to-buy legislation and for every family already in a council home there is someone else on our waiting list. Homelessness is increasing across London and a growing number of families are severely overcrowded. We are particularly feeling this in Lambeth.
We have over 21,000 people on our housing waiting list and the number of homeless families in temporary accommodation has risen from around 1300 last year to over 1800 today. A further 1,300 families are living in severely overcrowded homes. We are committed to building 1,000 extra homes for Council rent in the borough, to help address this problem. We must look at every scrap of land available to us to help provide those much-needed homes.
In December 2014, the Council’s Cabinet took the decision to look to deliver a sizeable proportion of these new homes at council rent on six estates across the Borough.
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