Housing 2019: Sector can help heal a ‘divided society’

Terrie Alafat tells conference of a need to “look and listen” beyond the housing bubble in renewing social purpose.

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The housing sector can help heal Britain’s divided society in seeking a renewed sense of purpose, CIH chief executive Terri Alafat has told Housing 2019.

Opening the Manchester event, Alafat said the sector cannot afford to “take its eye of the ball”  as research reflected providers coming together to get voices heard.

Alafat’s address referenced the release today of research that sets to reinforce the 10-year potential of investing £12.8bn a year to “tackle the housing crisis”.

The research draws together findings from sector leaders including CIH, NHF, Shelter, Crisis, and CPRE.

According to Alafat, over 75% of those who rent their home in England are worried about housing costs.

“Building more homes at social rent must be a priority in any government plan. Our research reflects the sector coming together to ensure that our voices are heard,” said Alafat.

“We as a sector need to look and listen outside of the housing bubble to begin to heal our divided society – we can and must do better than this.”

Alafat referenced the 2019 Savills Sector Survey and its 84% of respondents that said delivery of social rented homes should be “top priority”.

Director of residential research at Savills Lucian Cook reflected on findings, with the report revealing the sector has found a “renewed sense of social purpose”.

“The sector needs to respond to the challenges we face together.

“After all, there is enough of the housing crisis to go around,” Cook said.

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