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Homelessness

Homelessness doesn’t always look how we might expect. Being homeless doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping on the streets. It can mean staying in hostels, crashing with friends, or even living at a house in poor conditions. Homelessness is often the result of challenging life events or circumstances beyond the individual’s control. The lack of a suitable place to rest their heads is not the only problem facing homeless people day to day.

Homelessness doesn’t always look how we might expect. Being homeless doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping on the streets. It can mean staying in hostels, crashing with friends, or even living at a house in poor conditions. Homelessness is often the result of challenging life events or circumstances beyond the individual’s control. The lack of a suitable place to rest their heads is not the only problem facing homeless people day to day.

The Problem

When it comes to homelessness, the issue is very rarely a solitary problem. It’s often difficult to separate cause and effect from one concern to another however what is clear is that an individual experiencing homelessness is far more likely to be experiencing additional problems such as unemployment or illness.3

There is also a certain element of stigma attached to some circumstances such as sleeping rough. Some mistakenly think that all people experiencing homelessness have created the situation for themselves and choose to spend their time abusing substances and causing public nuisances. The reality is that most people forced to live on the streets are lonely, scared and incredibly vulnerable to crime and abuse without the safety of a place of their own.

It is almost impossible to find work without a fixed address and without an income, many people find themselves in a cycle of poverty. This means a constant struggle to meet basic needs such as food, water, shelter and sanitation.

The Solution

There are organisations all over the world supporting people experiencing homelessness. Their work doesn’t just involve finding or improving homes for those individuals affected. From studying ways to increase prevention, services providing postal addresses to programmes offering training or direct employment, the list goes on.

There are also organisations that provide support in terms of healthcare. This could be, access to medication, mental health and addiction treatments or counselling after a traumatising experience.

All these different approaches together create a truly comprehensive way to help those facing homelessness to find their feet.

The charities working for this cause

Pret Foundation Trust Logo
Pret Foundation Trust
Income
1.8M
Expenditure
1.7M
Streets of London Logo
Streets of London
Income
315K
Expenditure
293K
Off the Fence Logo
Off the Fence
Income
916K
Expenditure
522K
Imagine If trust Logo
Imagine If trust
Income
420K
Expenditure
438K
The Genesis Trust Logo
The Genesis Trust
Income
1.1M
Expenditure
655K
The Clock Tower Sanctuary Logo
The Clock Tower Sanctuary
Income
499K
Expenditure
319K
Sussex Nightstop Logo
Sussex Nightstop
Income
108K
Expenditure
89.3K
DEPAUL Logo
DEPAUL
Income
12.4M
Expenditure
11.9M
The 999 Club Logo
The 999 Club
Income
694K
Expenditure
673K
The Albert Kennedy Trust Logo
The Albert Kennedy Trust
Income
1.0M
Expenditure
985K
Shelter Logo
Shelter
Income
60.9M
Expenditure
62.9M
Crisis Logo
Crisis
Income
35.2M
Expenditure
35.6M
Foundation of Light Logo
Foundation of Light
Income
4.2M
Expenditure
4.2M
Streetlytes Uk Logo
Streetlytes Uk
Income
24.2K
Expenditure
10.1K
Homeless Link Logo
Homeless Link
Income
4.4M
Expenditure
4.3M
St Mungos Logo
St Mungos
Income
86.5M
Expenditure
84.5M
Worthing Churches Homeless Projects Logo
Worthing Churches Homeless Projects
Income
2.9M
Expenditure
2.3M
Stonepillow Logo
Stonepillow
Income
1.9M
Expenditure
1.6M