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Stop Mass Homelessness

Write to your MP to Stop Mass Homelessness

The Government recently announced £65 million to support people struggling with rent arrears and at risk of losing their homes. But that’s nowhere near the £360 million needed.

There are half a million people struggling with rent arrears across the country – and we know that investing in preventing homelessness before it happens is much more cost effective than the cost of supporting people in crisis.

Use our interactive tool to look up how many people are at risk of homelessness in your local area and send an email to your MP to ask them to support the campaign and keep people in their homes.

Simply look up your local MP here and get in touch with them via email.

You can use the template that we have provided below. Feel free to add in your own words about why this campaign matters to you and be sure to sign off with your name and address.

Please let us know if you take action and if your MP gets back in touch by emailing SMASSH@BigIssue.com.

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Template email

Dear [Insert MP name

I am writing to you as a constituent, to raise the important issue of homelessness prevention and to ask you to support The Big Issue’s Stop Mass Homelessness campaign.

In our constituency, there are [insert number here] people presenting at risk of homelessness to the council. Data at constituency level, available here: smassh.bigissue.com

While this is worrying enough, I am even more concerned at the hidden number of people facing homelessness. According to Step Change, over half a million people were struggling with rent arrears after the pandemic and 225,000 expected to lose their home as a result. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that 1.4 million households were struggling with bills and arrears this October. With rising living costs and winter approaching, we risk the number of people becoming homeless skyrocketing.

The Government recently announced £65 million to go towards supporting people in rent arrears – but this is nowhere near the amount needed to keep people in their homes.

We must urge the Government to properly fund local authorities to support people before they reach crisis point.

Prevention will be much less costly than dealing with the fallout of people losing their homes. Recent Big Issue analysis found the cost of homelessness will be over £2.2 billion to the Treasury if the people currently at risk become homeless.

Will you write to the Prime Minister and urge him to prioritise homelessness prevention, through funding councils to address the rent arrears crisis and keep people in their homes?

Thank you for taking the time to read my email. I would be grateful if you could let me know what action you will take to support me and to #StopMassHomelessness. 

Best wishes,

[Name]

[Address and postcode]

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