One action anyone can take is to contact their MP and raise issues of concern about housing and homelessness.

There're lots of different ways to get in touch with them. Most people tend to send a letter or an email but sometimes you might want to phone up their office or go along to see them at one of their "local surgeries" where they will come along to meet with people who want to see them.

Getting in touch with your MP can sometimes feel intimidating, especially if you've never done it before, but don't worry, thousands of people write to them every week. They are elected to represent their constituents and are usually happy to help if they can. By hearing from you, you might even highlight an issue they are already interested in.

You can find out who your MP is by putting your postcode into this website: www.writetothem.com, or by calling the Public Information Office in Parliament on 020 7219 4272.

What to include when writing to or emailing your MP

  • Try to keep your letter or email to the point: They get lots of letters and emails every day so it can help to make sure your letter makes an impact.
  • Include your contact details: Sometimes your MP or their staff might have to speak to you about your letter so it's much easier if they can do this quickly by giving you a phone call or sending you a quick email.

It can sometimes take a few weeks for you to get a full response from your MP, or even longer if they have to write to Government Ministers about something you've raised. Don't worry! If you haven't heard back after 2 or 3 weeks, you should give their office a phone call just to make sure they received your letter.

What to write about?

Every month or so Housing Justice provides a suggested topic for you to raise with your MP.

The topic for March is The Housing White Paper; call on your MP to ensure government does more to tackle the housing crisis. More information about our view on government's plans can be found here.