Is ESG investment a solution to the homelessness crisis? Find out what our expert panel concluded

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Is ESG investment a solution to the homelessness crisis? Find out what our expert panel concluded

16th December 2021

Capital Letters and Inside Housing magazine brought together leading experts to discuss new investment models to increase housing supply and helping low-income families access the private rented sector. Find out what they concluded.

Demand for properties in London is growing strongly again, which is bad news for low-income families in temporary accommodation or at risk of being made homeless. That’s why Capital Letters has been developing a separate business to increase the supply of rented properties available to low-income families in London. 

We are in advanced talks with three property investment companies, including QSix, looking to develop long-term portfolios. Our business plan is based on around £1.5bn of investment over four years to create up to 4,000 additional rental properties at below-market and affordable rents.

By aggregating their future demand through Capital Letters, our member councils in London have created a single, simplified investment opportunity that will help to tackle the homelessness crisis head-on. Private capital investors are increasingly looking for investment with “environmental, social and governance” (ESG) returns.

Capital Letters sponsored a roundtable event hosted by Inside Housing magazine, which brought together leading local government, housing and investment figures to explore the potential of new public/private investment models to tackle the homeless crisis.

“I think that Capital Letters is potentially a game-changer by providing pan-London access for institutional capital,” said Ben Stirling, co-head of affordable housing at QSix.

Read the full report on the event here.

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