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UK charities working on behalf of the homeless

UK charities working on behalf of the homeless

Homelessness is still a huge issue in the United Kingdom, with homelessness figures expected to rise over 70% in the next decade. Fortunately, there are a lot of UK charities working at local and national level on behalf of the homeless population.

St Mungo's



Amongst many things, St Mungo’s plays a crucial role in counting how many people identifying as homeless are on our streets every year. The charity has 17 outreach teams, who go out each night to help them off the streets. Each night they offer a bed and support to more than 3,200 people across London, the south-east and south-west. This is helped by their unique Housing First schemes.

Their priority is to get people off the streets immediately and then work with them to give them the tools they need to get back on their feet.

No pets are out of bounds either. They also provide accommodation for pet dogs or other pets.

They also provide training and employment opportunities through their Digital Recovery College.

Centrepoint



Centrepoint works to help people identifying as homeless who are aged between 16-25. They operate 60 services providing support to young people across the UK, helping them to reach over 14,000 homeless young people each year. Every night, they provide 1,107 bed spaces for homeless young people.

Their focus is on areas of policy including housing, family and health. Young people are able to stay with them for up to two years before either moving into their own homes, reconnecting with their families, get their first jobs or go to university.

Their impact is huge. 94% of their residents move on positively to one of the above next steps.

Crisis



Founded with the other ‘big four’ at the end of the 1960s, Crisis, one of the UK’s most well-known housing charities, still continue to provide

Their ‘Crisis at Christmas’ campaign helps provide warm meals, shelter, support and companionship at Christmas to those experiencing homelessness.

They also tirelessly lobby the government on issues relating to the homeless population. Crisis was at the forefront of the incentive which persuaded the government to bring the Homelessness Reduction Act into force.

The Big Issue Foundation



Since 1991, The Big Issue has helped many thousands of magazine vendors to earn a legitimate income by selling Big Issue magazines on the streets of the UK.

In selling the magazine, the charity turns people suffering from homelessness into self-sufficient micro-entrepreneurs, which is crucial for their confidence.

They also connect them to vital support & specialist services to help them rebuild their lives.

The Salvation Army



The Salvation Army began in 1865, with a Christianity-based mission to provide “soup, soap and salvation” to the homeless population. Nowadays, they work with councils to operate night shelters for rough sleepers. They also provide over 80 supported accommodation services in the UK.

Other UK charities work tirelessly for the same cause. Some others not mentioned here are Emmaus UK, Homeless Link, Streetlink, Glass Door and Depaul UK.