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'It's a fundamental human right': 3 in 10 fear becoming homeless in the next five years as Christians call for further support

by Sophie Drew

Three in every ten people in the UK fear that they will become homeless in the next five years as the cost of living soars. 

The hike in prices has put additional pressure on those struggling to make ends meet - and even those who had previously considered themselves to be "comfortable." 

Amnesty International is calling for safe and affordable accommodation to be made a legal human right. 

Chris Beales was a member of the Archbishops' Commission on Housing, Church & Community. 

He told Premier Christian News that he agrees with the Amnestys calls.

He said: "Well, it's nothing new.

"Of course, it's a fundamental human right, and so is being able to have access to sufficient food. 

"So is being able to have secure places where you are not frightened to go to bed and go to sleep at night, and so on and so forth. 

"What we've done in the Coming Home report - which was produced by the Archbishop's commission on housing, church and community and was published in February 2021 - we said in there is that there are five core values that we believe are fundamental to what the good looks like in terms of housing and community.

"Those five core values are sustainable, safe, stable, sociable, and satisfying in the sense of beautiful and well designed, and we believe that these things are fundamental to human existence.

"So in that sense, of course, yes, they are a human right."

The government says it's giving 2-billion-pounds to councils over the next three years to deal with homelessness and rough sleeping.

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