We’ve all seen people sleeping rough near where we live and work. Rough sleeping has more than doubled in London since 2010. During the past year alone, almost 9,000 people were seen sleeping out on London’s streets.
Welfare changes, soaring housing costs, and a shortage of affordable accommodation mean that more and more people are left with nowhere they can call home. The London Homeless Collective (29 charities with decades of experience in tackling homelessness) are working with the Mayor of London and local councils to provide services to help people rough sleeping to leave the streets.
Every Londoner can help too. You can donate to the London Homeless Collective so that we can offer more support to help people leave the streets and rebuild their lives.
Each member of this group has a specific project – such as providing emergency accommodation, longer-term support, or providing advice and assistance - that will benefit from your support. By giving your money to this coalition of charities, you can be confident that your donation will be distributed fairly and provide real help for people sleeping rough.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “The number of people sleeping rough on our streets is a national disgrace, and since becoming Mayor I have made it a priority to do everything in my power to tackle this crisis.
“The generosity of Londoners is well known, especially at this time of year, so I implore everyone to give what they can to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“Every year we help record numbers through my winter programme - and while this is a testament to the hard work of outreach workers and shelter staff, it is also a damning indictment of the Government’s failure to get to grips with this vitally important issue.”
If you would like to find out more about the projects that will be funded email [email redacted].uk
The London Homeless Collective comprises:
The 999 Club and Lady Florence Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust, Barons Court Project, Caritas - Anchor House, Centrepoint Soho, The Church Army, The Connection at St Martins-in the-Fields, Crisis UK, Depaul UK, Evolve Housing + Support, Glass Door Homeless Charity, Homeless Action in Barnet, Homeless Link, Housing Justice, Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness, LookAhead, New Horizon Youth Centre, Providence Row, The Salvation Army, Shelter, the National Campaign for Homeless People Limited, The Single Homeless Project, Spear Housing Association Limited, St Mungo Community Housing Association, Thames Reach Charity, The Big Issue Foundation, Passage 2000, West London Mission Methodist Circuit, National Council of Young Men's Christian Associations, Veteran's Aid.
Homeless Link is managing and coordinating the equal distribution of donations across the London Homeless Collective coalition.
A bit about the process:
We are fortunate to have the support of GoFundMe who donated £5,000 towards the winter campaign and who have been incredibly supportive throughout the planning and launch stages. GoFundMe do not charge any platform fees. A processing fee of 1.9% and 20p applies to all donations. If you choose to claim Gift Aid on your donation, 100% of this will be delivered to the charities. All funds will be distributed by PayPal Giving Fund to Homeless Link, who will distribute them equally between the 29 member charities.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions about the appeal or our work. Contact [email redacted].uk
- James Hagarty
- Jillian Halfpenny
- Sebastian Conrad
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