CIH president backs NHF election campaign

#FixTheHousingCrisis calls for the sector to engage with prospective parliamentary candidates ahead of the election.


Newly assumed Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) president Aileen Evans has called on the sector to rally behind the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) bid to ‘fix the housing crisis for good’.

Evans, who takes over from former CIH incumbent Jim Strang, will lead the organisation for the next 12 months.

As reported by 24housing, the #FixTheHousingCrisis campaign urges the sector to engage with prospective parliamentary candidates, informed by a resource of information on the housing priorities for the next government.

These include:

  • Building new social housing
  • Making sure everyone can feel safe in their home
  • Investing in places to bring the country together
  • Delivering a new deal for social housing with residents at the heart
  • Developing a fair and effective support and welfare system

Evans, also CEO of Grand Union Housing Group, said: “We are in the midst of a housing emergency in this country, and it’s time we acted to solve it.

“Our role as housing providers is to give people a home they can call their own, where they can put down roots and thrive.

“To help us achieve this, the next government has to work with us and make this a real priority.”

Evans has also been vocal in backing the NHF’s urge to government to invest £12.8bn in new social housing every year for a decade – said to unlock tens of thousands of new social homes across the country.

“Homes for sale or rent in the east of England have become increasingly out of reach for local people,” Evans said.

“That is why housing associations across the region are stepping up to deliver new homes.

“Grand Union is no different, building a record number of homes last year and doubling its build programme for the next five years.”

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