Stonewater film highlights innovative schemes that are tackling affordable housing crisis
A short Stonewater film about the positive impact sheltered and affordable housing has on the lives of some of the most vulnerable homeless groups premiers this week (26-29 June) at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s (CIH) Housing 2018 national conference in Manchester – Europe’s largest housing event.
The film is part of Solving the Housing Crisis, a 20-minute film showcase produced by CIH and ITN Productions which explores the issues around the crisis and looks at the people, housing organisations and communities that are tackling the problem.
The Stonewater film features compelling interviews with some of its most vulnerable customers who have benefited from the social housing provider’s specialist women’s refuges, youth Foyers and affordable rural housing developments. It starts with a harrowing interview with a customer living in a Stonewater women’s refuge which is helping her rebuild her life after escaping an abusive partner who kept her caged, tortured and starved of food and drink. The film also highlights the work of Stonewater’s youth projects such as the Abingdon Foyer which is providing safe accommodation, training and education to help homeless young people transition into living independently in the community.
“Over the past eight years the housing affordability gap has risen sharply resulting in a 64 per cent increase in homelessness, and this is coupled with an 11 per cent drop in social housing provision,” says Nicholas Harris, Stonewater’s Chief Executive “That’s 79,000 people and 120,000 children that haven’t a place they can call home. It’s a very serious problem which the housing sector must resolve quickly. As a leading social housing provider, we’re committed to doing what we can to tackle rising homelessness and solve this crisis. Over the next four years we have an ambitious £500 million development programme which will deliver 3,750 new social and affordable homes where they are most needed across the South, South East and South West England.”
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