Our Landlords Aren’t Rogue – They Share Our Values

This week BBC One’s panorama set out to expose ‘unscrupulous landlords getting millions of pounds from the taxpayer for housing people in cramped and poor quality accommodation’, which it certainly did. It showed some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the UK living in the type of squalid conditions that you would expect in a Dickensian workhouse. There is absolutely no question about the appalling nature of these ‘homes’ and that something has to be done to prevent people from being housed in these conditions. However, unusually for the BBC, they have presented a vision of housing in the UK that we don’t recognise as representative. Our CEO, Steve, says that ‘whilst there may be some rogue landlords there are far more incredible landlords who are the backbone of social housing in this country’. We work with landlords who provide high quality affordable housing to homeless people, many of whom would have been sofa surfing or sleeping rough but instead find themselves with the chance to beat homelessness. We provide a unique opportunity for people suffering homelessness to beat it: we work with landlords to provide housing – high quality, safe and dignified housing that is far more than just a roof over your head. We give people the chance to beat homelessness, for good, through coaching – we believe that, if people don’t want to be, they never need to be homeless again. We also provide job coaching and employment opportunities so that people can gain the skills they need to sustain housing and improve their lives. The landlords that we work with share our values – the belief that everyone has the right to housing and the understanding that homelessness can happen to anyone. It is these shared values that the public need to know that their taxes are being spent on via housing benefit. In fact, by being fortunate enough to be earning enough money to pay taxes, tax payers are joining us in the fight to beat homelessness. If you want to show your support for the work that we do, why not join in with our #ItCouldBeMe campaign – post a photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ItCouldBeMe to show your support. Homelessness can happen to anyone – let’s beat it together. IMG_8188       Author_ Andy