Million Homes
Million Lives

At Million Homes, Million Lives we have a shared vision to apply our strong experience of finance, investment, housing, procurement, contracts, public policy and public administration to help to:

  • provide more of the right homes in the right places
  • design better life and work outcomes, particularly for younger people and in the home setting
  • give support for quality of life and independent living for older people, particularly through communications and technology.

We believe that housing has the potential to provide opportunities and change lives; to support better community and individual outcomes.

At Million Homes we see the potential for 100,000 or more additional homes, and we are doing our bit to make that happen. From investment and financing methods, to site identification, methods for accelerating housebuilding and new types of tenure. We believe that there is appetite, money, land, planning, construction capability and people to deliver an extra 100,000 homes a year in the right places. Do get in touch with, and Let's build a million extra homes.

Most people want to buy their own homes as their circumstances allow, not just rent for the very long term.

Is it possible to match the appetites of new investors interested in housing with the aspirations of the British people? This has formed the basis of work by Million Homes, Million Lives over 13 months. To design and test an alternative housing portfolio which is dynamic, which can change as people's circumstances change, one which is structured to allow people to rent and to buy.

 In our Report, Nation Rent, we set out some options around these new property portfolios to illustrate acceptable returns for investors, returns of between 5% and 15% depending on appetite and profile of the portfolio, in portfolios which drive owner occupation over time and provide affordable homes for those in long term social need.

Read more in our major report, Nation Rent.

Overcrowded homes are bad for public health, and bad for a child's life chances. The odds for success are stacked against rather than stacked for the child to do well, making it harder to make the most of opportunities.Nearly half a million rented households suffer overcrowding.In some parts of London 25% of children live in overcrowded housing.

In many such overcrowded homes, homework is not completed on a purpose made desk, or even the dining room table. It is completed on knees in the hallway. Surrounded by the noise of the evening tea being made, of older and of younger children squabbling.Of the usual family sounds which, in an overcrowded and inappropriate setting, can make it all too hard to do well at school and to revise for exams.

Homework clubs are part of the solution. So are community libraries. But after a decade of too many squashed in flats being built there has simply not been enough family housing.

There is a decade of poor planning and poor housing allocation to overcome.

That's why we say BUILD ME NOW.

Worried that all these new homes will be plastered across green fields?

So are we.

Government research found there are 1 million housing plots available for recycling on unloved land that has been built on before.

So why don't we recycle land and save our green open spaces from the bulldozers?

It means we will be able to build the homes we need faster to catch up with the need for new homes while saving our environment for future generations to enjoy.

We can celebrate that more people are living longer and more active lives.

By 2033 one-third of households will be 65 years or older.

We should plan our housing to better reflect our ageing population.

Many older people are feeling the pinch with rising fuel costs.

So it matters to us that homes are warm and cosy.

Energy efficiency doesn't just save the planet, it saves the pennies too.

A Million Homes

A Better Deal for Nation Rent


Major New Report: " A Better Deal for Nation Rent" - Download here

Nation Rent

Download your copy of Nation Rent (March 2014) Elphicke/Mercer