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Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Homes for Heroes Foundation Launch Parliament

A hundred years ago the Prime Minister David Lloyd George promised soldiers returning from the battlefields of Europe that they would have ‘homes fit for heroes’. This in turn led to the Housing Act of 1919.

Today, many servicemen and women leave the armed forces after years of serving their country in the most dangerous parts of the world – only to face on their return an uphill battle to find a home for themselves and their families. There are several reasons for this: some veterans suffer permanent physical injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder; others are healthy in body and spirit but have sacrificed the opportunity to put down roots, whilst serving abroad.
By the time we reach the centenary of the 1919 Housing Act, we want Britain to have the finest housing package for returning armed forces of any country in the world. We’re working with housebuilders, key military figures, local authorities and financial services to make this a reality.

Who are we?
The Homes for Heroes Foundation is headed by former Minister of State for Housing Grant Shapps MP. During his time in government Grant championed housing needs for former members of our armed forces and promoted plans designed to prevent homelessness.
Joining Grant on the HHF’s advisory panel:
• General Lord Richards, former Chief of the Defence Staff
• Lord Robertson, former Secretary General of NATO
• Jake Berry MP, co-founder of the Foundation, who has 15 years’ legal experience in the housing sector