With demand of affordable housing likely to continue outpacing supply, the social housing pressure group said that more people would be forced to turn to housing associations to secure their own home, placing "increasing strain" on the sector.
"Some people haven't got a hope of accessing the market and, unless the government acts soon, some people will never own their own home," said John Goulding, a spokesperson for the NHF.
The government has pledged to build a further three million new homes by 2020. Approximately 1.6 million households are currently on social housing registers, 57 per cent more than five years ago.
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