To follow up my previous post on the opening of Project Malachi I have written about housing in my monthly column for the Ilford Recorder. You can read what I wrote here:
Congratulations to The Salvation Army and Redbridge Council on the opening of 42 accommodation units to shelter homeless people in the borough of Redbridge as part of Project Malachi.
None of this would be possible without the hard work of the Salvation Army volunteers who will staff the units 24/7, and offer welfare support, training and work to homeless individuals living there.
It is imperative, however, that we recognise that temporary accommodation is not a permanent solution to the UK housing crisis. It is now time the government committed to sustainable solutions to this problem by reversing local government funding cuts, controlling rents and building social housing so that charities and local authorities are not left to pick up the pieces.
Written for Ilford Recorder.