This week (11th March) over 20 walkers battled through wind and rain to hike 10.5 miles from Dewsbury to Huddersfield.
The walk was the latest leg of the Homes for Britain regional relay which started in Whitby on Sunday, 8th March. Cyclists, runners and walkers will travel the length of England, Scotland and Wales to reach the main Homes for Britain rally in Westminster, London on 17th March.
Homes for Britain is campaigning for the next government to draw up a long term plan to tackle the housing crisis and to deliver more new homes. It brings together a coalition of organisations from across the housing sector. Over the next 20 years there will be 369,000 new households created in the Yorkshire region but at current building rates there will be a shortfall of more than 200,000 homes by 2031.
The local walk brought together staff from Incommunities and Sadeh Lok ahead of the planned merger of the two housing associations next month.
During the day the walkers met residents at Rose Court sheltered scheme in Ravensthorpe and housing schemes in Huddersfield.
Geraldine Howley, Incommunities Group Chief Executive, said: “All our volunteer walkers had a great day – facing the challenge of the bad weather with true grit – as they joined our colleagues from Sadeh Lok to support the Homes for Britain campaign.
“As the largest social housing provider in Bradford District we are committed to building on our successful track record of delivering 500 affordable homes over the last eight years. By 2018 we are aiming to double this figure. However, with a growing local population there is a real need for more investment.
“Incommunities and Sadeh Lok are right behind this campaign and calls for the right homes in the right place at the right price to breathe new life into our communities.”
Penny Gilyard, Acting Chief Executive of Sadeh Lok, said: “This joint event was a great way to start the partnership between both organisations and we aim in the future to use our collective strength and expertise to continue to improve more lives in our communities”.
“Despite the wind and rain, the team had a lot of fun and received public support on the way which kept us going”
Rob Warm, Head of External Affairs and Member Relations at the National Housing Federation, said: “We are delighted that housing associations in Yorkshire are backing the Homes for Britain campaign. By taking part, Incommunities and Sadeh Lok from West Yorkshire have shown their support to end the housing crisis within a generation.
“The next government needs to commit to a long-term plan – one that sets out how everyone can have access to the home they need at a price they can afford.
“We want people from all walks of life to add their voice and would urge the public to get involved by writing to local politicians, telling friends and family and tweeting using #HomesForBritain.”
In addition to Incommunities and Sadeh Lok, the following housing associations took part in the Yorkshire section of the relay: Accent Group, Connect Housing, Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association, York Housing Association, Yorkshire Coast Homes and Yorkshire Housing.