The Mayor of London has joined forces with the London Homeless Collective, to provide extra help for rough sleepers in the capital this winter.
Earlier this year, Sadiq Khan announced he was doubling the rough sleeping budget to £19.2m to increase the range of services available to help homeless Londoners. As part of this ‘Life Off the Streets’ Programme the Mayor will be funding an extra 300 beds every night across London in January and February. This new funding by City Hall will enable charities and boroughs to boost shelter capacity during the coldest months of the year.
The Mayor of London 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.”
“That’s why I am pleased to be joining forces with our new coalition of charities dedicated to this cause, offering a single donation point for Londoners who want to give money to those who need help the most.”
The Mayor has once again created a GoFundMe to support the collective work being done by orgnaisations to end rough sleeping in the capital. GoFundMe have also donated £5,000 towards the winter campaign. This donation pot will also be fed into by contactless donation points around the city supported by TAP London. The TAP London network has expanded to 100 contactless donation points this winter, making it easy and convenient for Londoners to donate.
This winter also saw Sadiq support the launch of StreetLink London, a new website for the capital with dedicated information and resources for Londoners to help people they see sleeping rough. This is the first localised version of the national StreetLink programme.
We’re making it even easier to #HelpLondonsHomeless this winter by introducing 100 contactless donation points around London.
Find them in your local cafes, shopping centres and bars. Simply tap to give £3 to the London Homeless Collective. pic.twitter.com/Aak2tKjrHt
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) December 18, 2019
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.
To make a gift donate here.
You can find out more about the Mayor’s rough sleeping campaign here.