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Help us stop mass homelessness

Unless we act, the UK is facing a homelessness crisis 
this autumn.

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Covid-19 laws put in place to prevent mass evictions and repossessions come to an end this October, the furlough scheme is ending, the Universal Credit uplift will be reversed and electricity and gas prices are set to rise.

Help us prevent an avalanche of newly homeless households this autumn in our new campaign.

Sign our petition and find out how you can do more to help the campaign.

Why is this so important?

  • 4.3 million people are behind on household bills
  • 564,000 people are in rent arrears
  • Every 3.5 hours a household becomes homeless
  • 190,000 owner-occupied homes are in financial difficulty
  • 1.9 million jobs are at risk of permanent loss following the pandemic
  • 392,000 additional households will fall into fuel poverty

What is the Solution?

We need urgent action from governments to prevent the immediate threat of mass homelessness and address long-term challenges:


Pay off £360m in rent arrears


Suspend no fault evictions until a Renters’ Reform Act is passed


Make permanent the £30 Universal Credit uplift


Improve access to Discretionary Housing Payment and unfreeze Local Housing Allowance


A Future Generations Act to end short-term thinking of government policy


Expand social housing and encourage innovative ways to increase housing stock


Improve support for financial literacy education


Increase support for ethical property and letting firms


Invest to create new green jobs

Sources for data: StepChange, The Big Issue UK Finance / Ministry of Justice / Scottish Government, Resolution Foundation, GND UK.