From Billboards to Street Charts: Housing Crisis in UK

The housing crisis in the UK is visible all over the cities. It is turning to be a human disaster as Guardian article defines:

The housing crisis is an accelerating human disaster. It is creating exploitative landlords, overcrowding and poor-quality homes. Private renters spend 40% of their income on housing. It is shocking that many people in their 20s now regard it as an accepted fact that they will never have much by way of a home. (Guardian)

Check the full story here.

Just Fair Consortium, which is formed by charities and institutions including Amnesty International UK, Oxfam and Unicef UK, defines this housing crisis as in breach of human right in its report.

While in many cases it is regarded as a matter of quantity, the issue is deeper than that. It is also a matter of quality of living. For example,

The Citizens Advice study says 740,000 households in England live in privately rented homes which present a severe threat to tenants’ health from problems like damp and rat infestations. (BBC)

Protests and rallies are taken place in London as CityLab points out that they are bot just about affordable housing but about right to stay in London. In addition to recent protests, people are responding this crisis in very creative ways.

London is Changing project strikingly shows the effects of the crisis to the daily life of people living in London.

If you are relocating out of London, how do you feel about it? Bitter, excited, saddened or relieved? (Guardian)

‘I feel I’m being forced out’: London billboards highlight stories of relocation
The London is Changing project is bringing the voices of those affected by the housing crisis to the city’s billboards – and our readers have been involved. Here are some of their stories: from the optimistic to the heartbroken. Check here for full story.


These street charts may be the best graphs explaining the severity of the crisis and protesting it:

Arman Naji, the creator, came up with the idea after renting in Hackney, east London for four years after moving from Canada. An advertising creative, Naji used utility boxes around the capital to demonstrate how unaffordable and insecure housing is in London. (Guardian)

Image Credit: Roberta Schmidt and Duarte Carrilho da Graça

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