The play led to a public outcry about the problem of homelessness. Up and down the country people came together - often in partnership with their local churches - to form housing associations in their town or city to provide homes for homeless people. Although the housing associations were originally run by volunteers on a small scale, many of them soon began to employ staff and grew over the years or merged with other housing associations to become large providers of badly-needed affordable homes.
Despite housing associations and others building hundreds of thousands of homes over the last fifty years, the problem of homelessness has not gone away. Today more and more families are being accepted as homeless by local authorities up and down the country and last Christmas over 100,000 children were in temporary accommodation. There is simply not enough affordable housing around to meet their housing needs.
A group of housing associations that were formed in the Cathy Come Home era have come together to mark the 50th anniversary of Cathy Come Home and to highlight the continuing needs of homeless people. The Homes for Cathy group will be organising a range of local and national events and initiatives in the months leading up to and around the anniversary. They will be liaising with the National Housing Federation, Shelter, Crisis and other groups campaigning for homeless people and hope to work with the media, members of the House of Lords and the Cardboard Citizens Theatre workshop, amongst others.
The group would welcome the involvement of other housing associations who would like to highlight the problem of homelessness and raise awareness of the need for more affordable homes across the UK. They should contact David Bogle of Hightown Housing Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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