Sector statement on Coronavirus crisis
Housing associations are working closely with residents, local government, the NHS and others to respond to the coronavirus crisis. We welcome the vital steps the government have taken so far to support individuals and businesses. Housing associations’ priorities over the following days and weeks are:
- Keeping residents safe by ensuring critical safety functions can continue.
- Protecting residents’ income and livelihoods by halting evictions for anyone with rent arrears caused by the crisis, and putting in place extensive support for everyone affected.
- Keeping vital services running, including care and support schemes to protect the most vulnerable and ease pressure on the NHS.
- Supporting communities to come together to address the crisis, and helping suppliers and contractors to continue their important work.
This briefing provides further details on these four priorities, outlining what housing associations are doing, and what we need from government to support this.