By Elisha Holt and Brett Blacker
A new £20 million fund to build desperately needed new social housing is to be established for York.
There are currently 1125 applicants on the York City Councils housing waiting list with a high or very high need for housing.
Figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government suggest fewer affordable homes were built in the last year than any time in the last 24 years. Councillor Sam Lisle said the government was doing something about this: “Following the election of Theresa May as Prime Minister, we have seen a shift in terms of government policy so perhaps in acknowledgement that home ownership might not be achievable for everyone,” he said.
He suggested one of the main reasons York is becoming unaffordable is because the city is a desirable place to live. As more and more people want to live here, house prices go up. One of the ways to combat this is to build new houses. But he added: “The rate in which the houses would need to be built out would just be unsustainable and unachievable, it would need to be an additional 18,000 homes a year.”
The new funding will however, be a start in combating the issue of affordable housing in York. Councillor Lisle said: “We are delighted to be able to bring this forward, it’s a really positive step and it demonstrates this administration’s commitment to investing in social housing.”