In a survey carried out by Shelter, 72% of the 150 new Members of Parliament questioned, said that housing was one of the top three problems raised by their constituents, and 49% saying it was the most common problem raised.
The specific issues raised included the long wait for social housing, difficulties getting onto the property ladder, and overcrowded homes.
If anything, the situation is going to get worse. I am hoping that the measures being announced later today by the Chancellor will spare housing and homelessness from the cuts, although I fear that investment in new social housing is one of the quickest and most certain ways a government can reduce expenditure.
Cuts to housing programmes will have medium and long term impact on communities and on families, particularly in areas like Brighton and Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings. A major development project in Rye Valley could be at risk.
Already 10,000 people want to leave Brighton (according to a survey by the City Council) because they can no longer afford to live here. And housing costs are the single biggest factor.
The Coalition Programme for Government says deficit reduction is the highest priority. But I appeal to George Osbourne not to sacrifice investment in house building.