Social housing is so important as it helps the most vulnerable in society and it prevents homelessness. Everybody deserves to have a stable, safe and inspiring home/base in their lives as it completely elevates the quality of living. Having somewhere that is not just a roof over your head, but a place that is a ‘home’ effects so many different parts of individuals lives, e.g. mental health, motivation, productivity, mood etc. However due to the housing crisis currently in the UK, so many people are not able to get the help and support that is promised when it comes to social housing.
After researching the housing crisis in the UK, it can clearly be seen that the UK needs to do more to address and solve this issue. The local government is meant to provide 3 primary functions; education, health and welfare; and housekeeping. However, according to a report from the National Housing Federation in 2021, there are 8.5 million people in the UK with an ‘unmet’ housing need. 4.2 of million these people would qualify for social housing. More alarmingly, in 2021, 1.3 million children are in need of social housing.
This design proposal is to use existing buildings (Sellers Wheel, Sheffield) to help ease the housing crisis and create individual homes directed towards families. It is focused on the importance of living with greenery and other aspects of biophilia. The aim is to create a home that is safe, inspiring and inviting.