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Anchor House awarded grant to tackle rough sleeping in Newham

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Anchor House awarded grant to tackle rough sleeping in Newham

21st November 2013

East London charity, Anchor House, has been awarded £150,000 to tackle rough sleeping in Newham.

Anchor House is one of the 30 projects across the country to benefit from the latest instalment of the multi-million pound Homelessness Transition Fund, which is administered by Homeless Link and funded by Department for Communities and Local Government.

This funding will help further roll-out the government’s ‘No Second Night Out’ pledge across the country. Started in London, this innovative scheme aims to ensure that anyone who ends up on the streets gets help quickly so they do not spend a second night sleeping rough.

Anchor House has secured the grant, in partnership with Thames Reach, to set up a hub which will act as the first point of contact for homeless people in Newham – the third most deprived borough in England and Wales.

People using the hub, which will be delivered at Anchor House, will be offered assessments and have access to services addressing substance misuse and mental health, education and training, employment support and referrals on to accommodation.

Keith Fernett, Director of Anchor House, said “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to develop a new approach to tackling homelessness in Newham – an area at the wrong end of every measure including poverty, homelessness, health and employment.”

He said, "The partnership with Thames Reach is vital, and this is a further investment in trying to provide as comprehensive a service as possible to meet the needs of the street homeless in Newham."

Despite Anchor House providing a home to up to 220 people of Newham each year, the number of people becoming homeless in the borough continues to increase.

The charity said that there were estimated to be 6,500 people sleeping rough each night in London - an increase of 13% from the previous year - and many were not aware of help available.

Kris Hopkins, housing minister, said “I am absolutely clear that homelessness has no place in the 21st century and I am determined that every effort is made to prevent and tackle rough sleeping and get more support to vulnerable people in need.

That’s why I’m pleased to see 30 projects benefit from a share of £3.5 million to continue their good work and help people find stable homes and jobs and get their lives back on track.”

Sharon Allen, chair of the fund’s grants panel said: “We know how damaging spending a night on the streets is to an individual’s well-being. The grants we have awarded so far have helped thousands of people in communities across England to escape homelessness and move towards independence.

The 30 projects chosen for this final round will continue this good work and ensure that individuals who find themselves without a home can be supported to get their lives back on track.”

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