The Housing Crisis that Lambeth faces is stark and severe. Approximately 28,000 people are now on Lambeth Council’s waiting list for social housing, 1,800 families are homeless and in temporary accommodation, including almost 5,000 children. Over 1,300 families in the borough live in severely overcrowded accommodation. Families living in the private rented sector in Lambeth face an average rent close to £1,500 per month, have little security, with short tenancies.
It’s for this reason that Lambeth Council has launched the biggest housebuilding programme for a generation. The council is committed to building at least 1,000 extra homes at council level rent and will help fund these homes by building hundreds of new homes for private renters in the borough. Homes for Lambeth has been set up as a wholly-owned council-owned company to deliver this ambitious and urgent programme of housebuilding so that we can build the homes we need to house the local community and keep Lambeth mixed and diverse.