Evening Standard campaign to tackle homelessness

Today the Evening Standard is launching its most ambitious campaign ever: a two-year commitment to tackle the homelessness epidemic in London.

As a member of the London Homeless Collective (LHC), we are excited to be a part of this movement.

The London Homeless Collective is a movement of more than 20 charities that help people experiencing homelessness in London.  Our member charities reflect London’s rich tapestry; some are household names working across our city while others are much smaller and local or specialise in supporting specific groups.  Regardless of our size, we believe that by collaborating – sharing our ideas, experience and opportunities – we can achieve our collective ambition of ending homelessness in London.

London is in a crisis.

We can all see the problem on our streets. Official statistics show the number of rough sleepers grew 18 per cent last year. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. What is not seen is the “hidden homeless” — those who have no home but often do not show up in official figures.

How many young people sleep on night buses? How many women stay in abusive relationships because the alternative is the streets? How many people in your workplace sofa-surf to make ends meet?

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Faced with a crisis of such a scale, we know a new approach is needed. Volunteers, donors, charities and local and central government are all working hard but, clearly, more needs to be done.  That is why many of London’s homeless charities have now banded together to address this problem head on.

The London Homeless Collective is a movement of 23 charities and counting.

We are all committed to end ing homelessness in London and recognise that we and the communities we serve have a better chance of achieving this if we work together.

 

“Recent figures from Shelter reported that there are just under 168,000 people recorded as homeless, that’s one in every 53 people. The LHC have joined forces to find new solutions, innovative collaborations and ways of working to help tackle this undoubted humanitarian crisis. I am delighted that the Big Issue Foundation is a member of this initiative. Our work at heart is based on collaboration with sector colleagues. I am excited that the Evening Standard, Independent and London Live are shining a spotlight on the situation. In the coming months and years this awareness and the new funding that will be raised by them will help change and save more London lives for good.”

Stephen Robertson, CEO The Big Issue Foundation

The Homeless Collective comprises of:
999 Club; Albert Kennedy Trust; Barons Court Project; Caritas Anchor House; Centrepoint; Church Army; The Connection at St Martin’s; Depaul UK; Evolve Housing & Support; Glass Door Homeless Charity; Homeless Action in Barnet; Homeless Link; Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness; Look Ahead; New Horizon Youth Centre; Shelter; Single Homeless Project; Spear Housing Association Ltd; The Big Issue Foundation; Passage; The Salvation Army, West London Mission Circuit; YMCA England & Wales

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