Together we can end homelessness. Interview with Jon Sparkes CEO at Crisis

Its CEO Jon Sparkes launched an appeal for a cross-party manifesto along with the main British homeless charities, to ask all politicians to agree a common policy to tackle the issue. All parties during this extremely competitive electoral campaign, have pledged to build hundreds of thousands new homes per year.

“On its own the delivery of lots of new houses won’t end homelessness, but as part of a package of interventions is hugely important. Our research says that England and Wales need 90.000 new social homes per year for the next 15 years”, – Sparkles says – but this needs to be alongside other measures. With ShelterDepaulHomeless LinkCentrepointSt. Mungo’s, we asked several things in this elections: building social homes, change to housing benefits to ensure these meet the cost of housing, proper funding of  homeless prevention services and regulation of private renting sector”.  

In London figures are alarming: the Greater London Authority found that nearly 9.000 people sleep rough in the capital 

But we, ourselves, as part of the wider community, can do something to help. “We have done some polls recently – Sparkes explains – and found out that three quarters of people in this country feel powerless to help people rough sleeping, two thirds feel that we should be doing something, and fifty percent said they never do anything because they feel nervous approaching someone sleeping rough or feel they will never make an impact”.