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Cardiff housing association urges landlords to help tackle homelessness

Cardiff based housing association Cadwyn, is calling on Cardiff landlords to lease their houses with them to help those at most risk of losing their homes.

Approximately 8,000 households in Cardiff are on Cardiff Council’s waiting list for new homes, with around 400 new applications added each month.

Currently, Cadwyn has just over 400 houses leased with them, but they say they need more to keep up with the demand.

Cadwyn has launched #The400 campaign to encourage private landlords to lease their properties through one of their schemes to reduce the number of families and individuals waiting for safe and secure homes.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: ‘We understand the importance of a good quality home for people’s wellbeing and while we are doing everything we can to increase the amount of affordable housing in the city, including building 2,000 new council homes and buying back property from the market, there is still significant pressures on the housing waiting list.

‘That’s why we are happy to support Cadwyn, and back their campaign to encourage more private landlords to work with them, to be able to provide decent homes for people who need them.

‘It’s vital that if anyone is worried about losing their home that they act now, don’t wait.’

In related news, last week the Welsh government launched a consultation to promote sustainable growth in its towns and cities over the next 20 years.

It includes putting a special focus on growing existing urban areas and ensuring that homes, jobs and services are all located in the same area.

The document also stresses there should also be a focus on delivering more affordable homes at scale and pace.

Housing and local government minister Julie James saudL ‘I am committed to building more council housing at pace and scale in Wales, and to see far more affordable homes to rent from councils and other social landlords.

‘I want a planning system that consistently meets all our needs; and for our villages, towns and cities to be organised in a way that makes it easier to live healthy and active lives, for us and for future generations.’

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Thomas Barrett
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