Thursday, 14 March 2013

How to use the Housing Crisis to bring us together

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There is a housing crisis in parts of the country. It’s a problem that could easily increase tension between older and younger generations.

While young people struggle to have enough money to rent or buy, much older people are living increasingly isolated lives in houses that are too large for them to look after.

But where some saw conflict, Shared Lives Plus saw a way to bring the generations together.

They launched Homeshare. This is a great programme that helps older homeowners rent out a room at very low rent to young people who agree to help around the house and share the bills. Everyone gains. And the gap between the old and young becomes that bit smaller.

It is this sort of creative thinking we need if we want to bring our country back together.

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