This is no joke
Why we need your help
April Fools Day is a time for pranks, jokes and funny stunts, but while Londoners enjoy themselves most will be unaware that 1st April is also the date that winter homelessness shelters close, leaving just a single emergency accommodation project serving the whole of London.
Since the recession the number of people sleeping on the streets has risen dramatically, with a 169% increase over the last decade and an astonishing 25% rise in London in the last year. This visible side of homelessness crisis is clear to everyone living here but beneath it lies a much bigger – and largely unseen – set of issues which specifically affect disadvantaged young people struggling to get by.
Last year at New Horizon Youth Centre over 300 of the 16-21 year olds we support told us they’d been sleeping rough due to severely limited housing options, especially after winter shelters close. People are often shocked to hear that there is just one emergency shelter open year round in London and it’s for this reason that, when asked what our biggest challenge is as an organisation, we answer without hesitation: finding a place to stay for those who come through our doors. It’s no surprise that young people tell us that surviving is a talent.
At New Horizon we have been doing everything we can to help; growing our Emergency Fund to pay for rooms in backpackers’ hostels and even taking on our own housing projects for the first time in our 50 year history, but to keep doing this we in turn need your help.
With April 1st on the horizon we are asking our supporters to join us in #thisisnojoke, doing something funny on the day - despite the seriousness of the issue - and raise money for our work supporting young people who have nowhere to call home. You might come to work in fancy dress, you might shave your head or might do a stand-up routine in the office.
Whatever it is, you can join our campaign and share online using #thisisnojoke, raising money while also raising awareness.
1st of April is nearly here but for homeless young people this is no joke.
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