Homelessness

Reasons for Homelessness

  • Relationship Breakdown
  • Domestic Violence
  • Young people asked to leave home
  • People with drug/alcohol or mental health issues

More recently due to the recession, people have lost their jobs and are in turn unable to pay their mortgage or rent, the list is endless.

How can we help?

We provide more than just a home, heat, light & support, we offer a safe and secure environment. We take into account many aspects of life which can contribute or have an impact on an individual’s wellbeing. Helping someone to rebuild relationships with family or friends, stay in education, take up employment and training opportunities or deal with their drug/alcohol or mental health problem is as much about tackling homelessness as is securing a roof over their head.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers’ main objectives involve creating a strategy which will encourage residents to take control of their own lives, by developing the skills necessary for independent living. The team aims to increase self- esteem, improve motivation and raise levels of confidence, by meeting and overcoming challenging situations. These aims are achieved by offering practical support, advice, assistance, advocacy, representation. The team works with a variety of clients with high support needs, such as drug/alcohol dependence, mental health issues, learning difficulties, ex-offenders and entrenched rough sleepers.

Types of homelessness

Sleeping rough

The most visible form of homelessness, this is when someone is sleeping on the streets – There were an estimated 4,134 people sleeping rough in England on a single night in the Autumn of 2016. This was up by 16% on 2015.

Homeless

Not necessarily sleeping rough, but in unstable accommodation such as a hostel, B&B or another type of temporary accommodation – 75,740 households were in temporary accommodation on 31 December 2016. 60,240 of these households included dependent children and/or a pregnant woman. There were 118,960 children or expected children within these families.

Sofa Surfing

Moving between friends’ or relatives’ houses, can also be known as “hidden homelessness”- 62% of respondents were hidden homeless on the day they were surveyed and 92% had experienced hidden homelessness.