Aileen Evans, Group Chief Executive, says that Grand Union will play its part in ending the housing crisis by building more much needed social housing.
This follows the publication of a report calling for an ambitious 3.1 million new homes by housing charity Shelter.
The report claims 1.3 million homes are needed to house those in greatest need – including homeless people and those living with a disability.
Aileen said: “Providing good quality homes is key to ending the housing crisis that we find ourselves in. That is why at Grand Union, we are doubling our build programme over the next five years to provide 1,800 new homes.
“Across the regions in which we operate, there are hundreds of families currently living in temporary accommodation, or classed as homeless. We want to do our bit to provide them with homes they can call their own.”
Shelter estimates 277,000 people are now homeless in England, most commonly because they have lost their privately rented homes.
The charity says an extra 1.2 million homes would be made available for younger families who cannot afford to buy and “face a lifetime in expensive and insecure private renting”.
The report also found that a lack of available social housing has led to a “drop in the numbers of young families moving into ownership, the rise of pensioners in insecure unaffordable private rentals, and the homelessness that scars our society”.
Shelter, whose Chief Executive, Polly Neate visited Grand Union last summer, brought together 16 independent commissioners, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, TV architect George Clarke and Grenfell survivor Ed Daffarn, to examine housing in England and author the report, which can be found here.