The national housing crisis continues to worsen in the capital. According to recently collected data, there are currently 738 houses in Havering that have been purposefully built for temporary accommodation, including 80 places in hostels. This is a 30 percent increase over the past 5 years, with 3 million pounds spent towards these temporary accommodations.
Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park has an extremely busy office, and a large portion of the casework comes as a result of the impact that the housing crisis is having on families. Temporary housing in Havering is at its highest for the past decade, while affordable rented accommodations in the private sector have become increasingly difficult to find.
During the 2016-2017 year, there were 120 new homes built by the private sector, 10 new homes built by the housing associations, and 0 by the local authority.
Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham commented: “It’s clear there is a need for housing, but the right sort of housing. It's no good building another Orchard village, and it's no good selling off huge swathes of green belt to developers. We know from experience that many new properties are aimed at commuting city workers – completely out of reach for local residents, doing little if anything to alleviate the housing pressures.
“Unfortunately it doesn’t come as a surprise to me that so many people are living in temporary accommodation in Havering, and my casework reflects this. The issue is one of affordability; the government figures support this argument with 0 of the 140 homes built in the last year being council properties.
“In my opinion Havering along with other London boroughs need to embark on a truly affordable development programme that prioritises the growth of existing communities. Current plans to dump 30,000 properties on Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park couldn’t be further from what local residents need.”