A recent report from Shelter has slammed the housing system in England, describing it as “Unaffordable. Unfit. Unstable. Discriminatory.” Research involving 13,000 people highlighted issues such as going without food to pay the rent or mortgage and homes that were harmful to health, racism, and discrimination. With the cost of private rent rocketing, Shelter reports that families are forced into unfit homes, experiencing issues such as overcrowding, dampness, mould and condensation, and safety hazards. People reported feeling less secure in private rented accommodation and worried about reporting concerns due to fear of eviction. This affects 11 million private renters in the UK, a number that has doubled in the last 20 years. ‘No DSS’ policies and discrimination based on race, sexuality or being a single parent are reported as barriers to obtaining private rented homes. Resulting in a significant impact on the physical and mental well-being of those affected, Shelter believes the only way to tackle this crisis is for the government to build at least 90,000 new social homes each year in England. Read the report here.