NHF launches ‘Yes to Homes’ petition
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Development
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The National Housing Federation is hoping to add 5,000 more voices to its ‘Yes to Homes’ campaign by launching its first ever petition on Change.org.
The NHF has joined forces with the world’s largest petition platform to try and inspire people to say yes to homes in their area and help them find their voice on the homes shortage.
The petition, which launches today, builds on work that has already been achieved via the Yes to Homes campaign in its first year, which saw 1,500 people contact local councils to back the building of more homes to help stop the housing crisis.
The NHF has warned that the housing shortage is contributing to soaring rents and an increase in house prices of a further 35% by 2020, leaving a huge swathe of the population locked out of home ownership for life.
The federation says that a critical mass of signatures would send a loud and clear message that England supports the building of new homes which are so desperately needed.
Housing associations and partner organisations will also have the opportunity to apply for a petition pack containing paper copies of the petition to collect signatures at community events.
The petition will be promoted on social media as well via #YestoHomes
Lucy Greenwood, campaigns officer at the NHF, said: “We are excited to be launching a petition for the first time and are optimistic that working with Change.org will really help take the Yes to Homes campaign to the next level.
“We’ve seen how online petitions have helped to bring some key issues to the forefront of debate, many of which may otherwise have been overlooked, and we are eager to keep adding more voices to the Yes to Homes campaign.
“We hope that a combination of online and offline activity will inspire thousands more people to contact their local councillors calling for more of the right homes, in the right place, at the right price.”