Crisis are proud to launch partnership with property platform Zoopla
In a major new partnership, Crisis and Zoopla have joined together to call on the government to urgently invest in housing benefit at the autumn budget if it wants to prevent thousands from being pushed into homelessness.
According to a new report by the homelessness charity Crisis and property website Zoopla, low-income renters across England are facing a ‘housing black hole’ due to soaring rents and the freeze on housing benefit leaving a huge shortfall in genuinely affordable homes.
With evictions on the rise and homelessness numbers already climbing in England, Zoopla and Crisis are joining forces to raise awareness that the growing pressure of unaffordable rents for those on low incomes, together with a chronic lack of supply of rented homes, looks likely to drive many more out of their homes, forcing potentially thousands to resort to sleeping in cars, on their friend’s sofas, or to rely on hostels and B&Bs.
You can find out more about our joint research, and how we're supporting landlords, letting agents and the public to take action to help end homelessness, here.
About the partnership
Over the next year, Crisis and Zoopla will work together to:
- Call for there to be enough housing available so that people on low incomes can afford to keep their tenancy without pushing themselves to the financial brink. We will advocate for local housing allowance rates to be set at the right level and for increased investment in and supply of social homes.
- Campaign together to increase the public’s understanding of homelessness and of the different ways they can support people experiencing homelessness right now.
- Engage Zoopla employees in raising funds directly for Crisis and in volunteering opportunities to support Crisis’ Skylight centres, annual Crisis at Christmas project and Shop from Crisis operations across Great Britain.
- Provide support for Crisis’ Venture Studio, which invests in, builds and scales ventures that aim to end homelessness.