Action Homeless (leicester) Limited

Charity details

Registered address
Action Homeless Ltd,Ridgeway House
Newton Lane,Wigston
LE18 3SE

Phone
0116 2211851

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Charity number
702230

Winter Appeal 2015/16

This winter, Action Homeless aim to raise £15,000 which will pay for the renovation of an empty property in the city, turning it into a home for a family in need.

We are making an urgent appeal for help as the shortage of affordable housing in Leicester means many families will be without a safe place to call home this Christmas.

The average cost of a small family home is now over £135,000 locally. Even for those people earning the living wage this is out of reach. Renting can be just as unaffordable, the average rent of a 2 bedroom house is now £600 a month and not only are prices rocketing, but people are expected to find upfront deposits which is simply unachievable for many.

Mark Grant, Chief Executive of Action Homeless commented ‘we are being approached by more and more people everyday who, through no fault of their own, are finding themselves unable to afford to put a roof over their heads. When I started working in homelessness over 25 years ago, we often used to say that we are all only 2 ‘’paydays” away from losing our home, but the reality for many families in Leicestershire is that even if they are in work they simply can’t afford a property and end up out on the street often losing their jobs in the process.’

We are asking people to donate so that we can continue our work of renovating some of the 5000 estimated empty properties in the city to create homes for families who need them. Through our appeal, we aim to raise £15,000 which would pay for the complete renovation of an existing property, bringing it back into use as a family home.

Mark Grant continues ‘This time last year I had one of the most rewarding experiences of my career, when I handed the keys for a home to a young family who had just had their first child. Until this point the family had been living separately, with mother and child living in a B&B and the father in a hostel. Giving them their own home for their baby’s first Christmas was the best present anyone could have given them. With the support of our local community, we can make this a reality for many more families in the city’

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