Coastline Housing joins Homes for the South West
The ranks of Homes for the South West grew this week with the addition of Cornwall-based Coastline Housing. This further strengthens the coalition’s call to build more affordable housing in the region.
Homes for the South West is the leading voice for affordable housing in the South West. It’s a not-for-profit group of the largest housing associations in the region that are committed to building the affordable housing needed to tackle the growing housing shortage that exists in the South West.
With the addition of Coastline this brings Homes for the South West’s numbers up to 12. When taken together the coalition owns more than 250,000 homes, houses half a million people and makes an annual contribution of £1bn to the local economy.
Coastline’s Chief Executive, Allister Young, commented: “Cornwall’s low proportion of social housing combined with some of the worst levels of housing affordability mean that the housing market is holding back Cornwall’s people, communities and businesses.
“If we’re going to succeed in increasing the number of affordable homes, we have to work in partnership across the region to ensure that there is a joined-up approach, supported by a long-term strategic approach from local and national government.”
Louise Swain, Chair of Homes for the South West and Chief Executive of Alliance Homes said: “As we approach a general election the call to build more houses is growing. I’m pleased to welcome Coastline Housing to Homes for the South West. There’s significant awareness of how Cornwall’s housing situation has been affected by the number of second homes and holiday lets, so their voice adds considerable strengthen to our message. Building new affordable homes will help provide a better future for the people, communities and businesses in the region.”