Homelessness charities team up for the winter

By agency reporter
23 Dec 2011

Two leading homelessness charities – Thames Reach and Housing Justice – are teaming up to help homeless men and women using winter shelters across London to escape homelessness.

Staff from the two charities will provide advice, housing and reconnection services to the guests in ten winter shelters in a bid to help them get their lives back on track.

Last year, the winter shelters involved in the scheme provided temporary accommodation to 1,200 people, with approximately half of them returning to rough sleeping, using squats or sofa surfing once their stay ended.

The new project has received £174,086 funding over two years from the Homelessness Transition Fund.

Alison Gelder, Housing Justice Director, said: “It’s really exciting for Housing Justice and Thames Reach to be working together to help the winter shelter guests. Rather than moving out on the streets when the shelters close, we very much hope this will help the guests to move on with their lives. It’s also an extremely important step in getting faith groups to work in partnership with statutory agencies like Thames Reach.”

Audrey Mitchell, Thames Reach’s Director of Street and Hostel services, said: “We are extremely delighted to receive a grant from the Homelessness Transition Fund to work alongside Housing Justice to provide an advice and reconnections service in winter night shelters across London.

"We believe this presents an invaluable opportunity to provide specialist workers to assess rough sleepers whilst they are in the shelters, link them into agencies and ensure that they receive help to get off the streets. We are pleased to be working with Housing Justice on this project which will be a major boost to our efforts to end rough sleeping in London.”

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