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East End homeless charity is taking action to improve the lives of those in need on World Homeless Day

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East End homeless charity is taking action to improve the lives of those in need on World Homeless Day

3rd October 2013

On World Homeless Day, 10 October 2013, advocates focus on the estimated 100 million people around the globe who live without a roof over their heads, yet are so easily overlooked.

In London alone, the homeless population increased by an astonishing 62% percent in just two years, with 6,500 rough sleepers counted in the capital - and this does not even account for the thousands of ‘hidden homeless’ - those sleeping on sofas of friends and families or living in B&Bs and other temporary accommodation. With homelessness on the rise, the issue remains an epidemic that requires society to stand together and make a difference.

To help shed light on the sheer number of people living without a home, while also bringing down these figures even further, Anchor House – a homeless charity based in East London - is taking action to improve the lives of those in need on World Homeless Day.

Anchor House is gathering together influential people from private and public sector organisations, as well as local government and health agencies at the House of Commons. This aims to draw attention to homeless people’s needs and provide opportunities for society to respond to homelessness, which is the core purpose of World Homeless Day.

The event, sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, will see speakers including event host Baroness Maddock, Lord Gus O’Donnell and Dominic Raab MP encourage open discussion around the issues of homelessness and what can be done. The reception will provide an opportunity to meet front line staff and residents from Anchor House who have experienced homelessness first hand.

Keith Fernett, Anchor House Director, says there are many factors that can lead to someone becoming homeless and no two stories are ever the same.

“On this World Homeless Day we aim to shine a light on those who are so often overlooked.

“Every year, Anchor House is home to up to 220 people who have lost their homes, and we see the people behind the statistics.

“The charity sector is currently facing severe challenges, but in spite of this, we have persevered and Anchor House is determined to survive because we know that we’re making a difference to people’s lives.”

For more information or to make a contribution to turn a life around please visit www.caritasanchorhouse.org.uk/, email appeal@caritasanchorhouse.org.uk/ or call 0207 476 6062.

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