It would seem that so much of what we hear about housing need is about the issue of not having a home or, in our society, not being able to afford a home in the community in which you are rooted. But shouldn't we also be considering the events which lead to housing crisis, and the ways in which intervention could prevent it? I believe that any plan to deal with homelessness should have a new focus. We undoubtedly need more homes: most experts seem to agree that we need to be building at least double the number of homes we are currently developing in order to simply meet demand. If we are putting into practice a vision of society where our resources are carefully used to maximise the benefit of development, then we need to think more widely than a simple low cost model of construction. The charity I work for, Southwark Habitat for Humanity, has just completed the construction of 10 flats in Banbury, Oxfordshire...