The Independent Homeless Fund
Why we need your help
All of us can see that the issue of homelessness is becoming worse. The number of people sleeping rough is up a fifth in a year. On average, across the country, two people are dying each day who are homeless. That is why we are now working with homeless charities to help address this issue by raising money to finance vital programmes providing the urgent help people need.
The issue of women’s homelessness is particular acute. Often vulnerable, they can face horrendous treatment – including sexual abuse and violence – and research shows women often feel unsafe when accessing largely male homelessness services. This lack of women-only provision means many have in consequence to hide themselves in concealed locations, even empty garages and public toilets, for safety. All money raised will therefore go initially to helping women caught in homelessness.
To achieve these aims, we are now working with a collation of 23 charities – including charities such as Centrepoint, The Connection, the Marylebone Project and Shelter – that have united to share best practice, and to provide the public with a single point to support their work to tackle homelessness. All charities in the group are delivering direct services to people that are sleeping rough or are at risk of rough sleeping. Over the last few months we have collaborated with them to develop a strategy to help the group achieve their joint aims and to identify the crucial projects the money donated will support.
Funds to the ESI Media appeal are being handled by the London Community Foundation, which will distribute the selected grants and conduct monitoring and evaluation to ensure every penny achieves the maximum effect.
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