DadsHouse runs many projects but the most recent is particularly special because it helps dads who are homeless with temporary accommodation, which in turn gives them a chance to build relationships with their children.
Today the Capital's streets are in crisis - the number of under-25s sleeping rough in one of the richest cities in the world has more than doubled since the last mayoral election. Whoever succeeds Boris Johnson in May won't just have the platform to express concern and talk about change, they'll have the power, the public support, and a multi-million pound budget to work with London's boroughs to make homelessness and rough sleeping a thing of the past. But how should they do it and where should they start?
Sitting in a bar in South Manchester, where I now live, I recently mentioned to an acquaintance that I was going out in Brixton the following weekend. "Oh really," Imogen* said, eyes lighting up suddenly. "I've never been but I've heard it's meant to be good. There's a couple of hot yoga studios there, right?"
Last night, thousands of Londoners came out onto the streets of Brixton to say farewell to the Starman. But I like to think we were also there because there is a growing awareness that unless we do something soon, the Brixton and London we live in will soon be gone...
London is a great city and the new Mayor will have a huge responsibility. No more so than to the millions of young people who represent it and all of our futures.
Last Tuesday night MPs were kept in the House of Commons until 2am, as the government forced through their Housing and Planning Bill in the early hours. Tory Ministers had snuck in more than 60 pages of new legislation at the last minute, including redefining 'affordable housing' to include homes for sale costing up to £450,000, and handing local planning over to private companies. No wonder Ministers are scared of debate on this bad Bill. This Housing Bill will be written up in the history books as evidence of a government that washed its hands of fixing our housing crisis.
I'm going to cut to the chase; the next few years are going to see London's infrastructure stretched to breaking point, and the next Mayor of London has a colossal job on their hands to prevent the capital's vital services and infrastructure from bursting at the seams.
But the real problem is failure to recognise the long-term consequences for a working population that rents. What happens to today's Generation Rent when they hit retirement?
There is certainly a shortage in social housing. Almost 1.9million households are in need of a social home, more than half again of the almost 3.7million socially-rented homes currently occupied. The solution to that is not to threaten people with eviction in an arbitrary amount of time. Nor is it to ban local authorities from granting secure, long-term tenancies for people in social housing where they see they are beneficial.
In the last years of our time in government, Labour put in the biggest public investment programme in a generation into affordable homes to rent and buy. The Tories' slashed that back, which is why the number of low-cost homes to buy have fallen by 28% since 2010 and the number of homes for social rent fell to their lowest level in over twenty years... Now the challenge is to resist the further huge loss of much-needed affordable homes.
Shockingly, 100,000 children will wake up homeless on Christmas morning this year. Thankfully these children aren't on the streets, but living in temporary accommodation means they don't have a stable, safe place to call home. Not a single child should be homeless - let alone at Christmas. But sadly, the numbers are only getting worse.
The VIOME worker-occupied factory in Thessaloniki. Credit: Joel Benjamin Greek workers have shown that bosses and owners are not needed to create su...
Ultimately, the Chancellor's focus on building new homes in the Spending Review was welcome - but helping a broader range of people, not just aspirant home owners would be a more positive way of using the additional money.
Whilst a renewed focus on investment in affordable housing is welcome, it must be money for a broad range of tenures that caters to all families that desperately need secure and affordable homes.
Today CPRE published a major report, Set up to fail: why housing targets based on flawed numbers threaten our countryside. I guess most people's minds...
The Housing and Planning Bill making its way through parliament has the clear ambition of increasing the supply of homes in our country. However to meet rising demand, and the government's necessarily ambitious housing targets, we are going to have to be even more radical...