If you live in any major city in the UK, you know rough sleeping is on the rise.
I see it every day in London, and it makes me upset. A recent report by Crisis highlighted we could end homelessness for good if we built over 100,000 social homes over the next 10 years.
Everyone should have a place to call home, so I would make sure there were no empty homes and that everyone in the capital have a roof over their head.
We know homelessness is on the rise across the country, but it doesn’t have to be.
We have ample amount of public land and housing associations that are itching to work with local authorities, the NHS and other government departments to utilise public land for public good. At One Housing, we aim to build 5,000 new homes in London and the South East, and over the next 10 years our pledge to the housing crisis is that 50% of those new homes will be affordable.
If I were Queen, all developers would commit to building 50% affordable.
Diverse neighbourhoods and having a mixture of communities is good for everyone, so I would make sure we would have truly balanced communities – not just a mix of social housing, affordable and private, but a mix of generations, races and dependencies.
The loneliness and isolationism that the older generation currently face is an absolute tragedy, and being lonely is more harmful to your health than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day!
As Queen, I would address loneliness and other social injustices through a healthy mix of diverse communities, ensuring the young and old care for each other.
Technology already helps us improve our daily lives and the same is true for our homes – check out One Housing’s Acton Town Hall development equipped with impressive smart home technologies. I would make sure every new build home was a ‘smart home’ introducing smart, innovative and practical technologies within the domestic tech world.
And it wouldn’t just be the rich who could afford this technology. One Housing was one of the first housing associations to introduce smart metres into our new social rented homes.
I would make sure smart homes and social homes are one and the same.
Politicians putting their money where their mouth is
How great would it be if every year at Christmas we saw our political leaders put their differences aside to stage a telethon to raise money for the homeless and affordable housing?
Could you imagine how entertaining it would be to see Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in a Strictly-style dance-off? If I was Queen, you wouldn’t have to imagine it, it would become a reality!