Coronavirus: ensuring a safe home during the crisis

This winter, we need to stand together through the crisis

Add your name to support our call for urgent action

With COVID-19 infection rates rising across the country, weeks of strict local restrictions and a second national lockdown about to start, our helpline advisers are hearing from more and more people worried about being evicted or being made homeless.

Gaps in the safety net are widening. There is no support for renters who have built up rent arrears while people who become homeless are being denied emergency accommodation. Hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs and a rapidly growing number of people are at risk of losing their home over the winter.

More needs to be done.

To avoid needless evictions and rising homelessness as a result of the pandemic – and to keep homeless people safe – we need the government to:

  • Direct councils to provide everyone who needs it with safe emergency accommodation
  • Provide financial support to renters, to help pay off arrears built up due to COVID-19 and allow them to stay in their homes
  • Lift the benefit cap and review housing benefit rates to prevent growing rent arrears and eviction

Support our call for action to help those facing urgent housing issues at this difficult time.