“Coming Home”: Responding to the Housing Crisis
Around 8 million people in England are living in overcrowded, unaffordable or unsuitable housing, according to a recent report by the National Housing Federation. This number is likely to have risen as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Today, the “Coming Home” report launches: seeking a better vision for housing, homes and communities.
This landmark report from the Church of England sets out vital actions for the Church, Government and other Stakeholders to take with a focus on building better communities and homes, not just houses.
This report is the culmination of the work of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Homelessness and Communities, on which the Bishop of Kensington, the Right Rvd Graham Tomlin was deputy chair.
It was commissioned in the wake of the Grenfell Tower Disaster, in June 2017, which tragically became a symbol of our country’s continuing housing crisis and a stark reminder of how we have marginalised whole sections of the population in sub-standard housing.
The ‘Coming Home’ report:
Provides a Christian vision for ‘good’ housing, based around five core values
Applies this vision to re-orient the Church’s response, addressing how National Church Institutions and Dioceses can be positioned as significant contributors to resolving the crisis by facilitating good housing and creating and sustaining strong communities
Equips the Local Church to meet local housing needs and strengthen their communities
- Offers policy recommendations to Government, the housing sector and other stakeholders so that together we can bring about the necessary change
You can read the report and it’s findings on the “Coming Home” site here.
This also holds a wealth of further reading, church resources, stories of churches responding to the housing crisis, and theological reflections.
If you are considering: “what does this mean for me, my parish, my community in the Diocese of London?” we have put up a range of resources for helping you respond here.
Finally, we are setting up a monthly prayer bulletin for those who want to commit to praying about this injustice and the churches response to it. If you would like to join us in praying, please sign up here.