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Policy report: why a house is more than just a roof above our heads

How to ensure we build out of this crisis—and prepare for the next

By Tom Clark   March 2021

Photo: Graham Oliver / Alamy Stock Photo

We’re spending almost all our time at home these days. With homes tripling up as offices and schoolrooms, each of us is counting our blessings (or our curses) regarding our living space. But the crisis provides a stark reminder that housing is also a societal issue. Cramped housing has surely fuelled infection spikes and the 2.5-fold gap in Covid mortality between the richest and poorest places in England. In the first wave great efforts were made to ensure nobody went unhoused, including offering rough sleepers hotels. The efforts seem weaker this time, and, as Thangam Debbonaire notes, some of…

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