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18 March, 2020 Open access

NHF says housing association tenants should be reassured they will not be evicted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic

Chief Executive also urges government to do more to strengthen the welfare system, to ensure that everyone who needs it can quickly get help if their income drops

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has said that housing association tenants should be reassured they will not be evicted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

While welcoming the steps taken so far by the government to support jobs and incomes during the coronavirus outbreak, Kate Henderson, Chief Executive of the NHF (which represents housing associations in England), urges the government to go further to strengthen the welfare system to ensure that everyone who needs it can quickly get help if their income drops. 

Speaking on behalf of the housing associations the NHF represents, Ms Henderson said - 

'No one should be evicted because of the coronavirus. We are confident that no housing association will do this, and want anyone affected by the outbreak to be reassured they will not be evicted.

As charitable organisations housing associations recognize that a number of people living in social housing work for low or irregular wages in insecure employment and may be placed in serious difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We urge anyone living in a housing association home who is worried about financial difficulties to get in touch with their housing association. Housing associations offer extensive financial help and support for people, including help claiming benefits. They are putting in extra support measures during this challenging time and will be doing everything they can to support residents.'

For more information see No one should lose their home because of coronavirus from housing.org.news