Caritas Anchor House

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New government funding ensures our vital work can continue

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New government funding ensures our vital work can continue

6th August 2020
We are delighted to announce that Caritas Anchor House has secured over £93,000 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, to continue and enhance our work throughout the challenges raised by Covid-19.

The funding will support us to help up to 300 people to move on from homelessness. The London Borough of Newham, where we are based, has the highest levels of homelessness in the country and the highest mortality rate as a result of Covid-19 and so our work is more important than ever.

The funding will allow us to employ a resettlement worker to enhance their response to the on-going housing crisis in Newham. Due to the national lockdown, many residents have been unable to move on from Caritas Anchor House in the past few months despite being ready to do so.

This new role in the resettlement team will enable staff to support more residents through the move-on process, creating space for new residents to move in. Over 200 homeless individuals are currently being housed in hotels in Newham as part of the government’s Everybody In scheme, so these bed spaces will be crucial in accommodating them in the coming months.

The funding will also provide additional night time staff to support residents with challenging and high risk behaviours, particularly those who have been rough sleeping. These staff are essential in promoting safe and secure spaces at Caritas Anchor House.

Additionally, it will provide enhanced cleaning for the building as Caritas Anchor House continues to operate as a 24/7 residential and life skills centre, one of the largest in the country. The enhanced cleaning has meant that, to date, there have been no cases of Covid-19 within the resident group. We’re extremely proud of this as Newham has been one of the hardest hit boroughs and are determined to ensure our record continues.

For staff at Caritas Anchor House, the funding means that we can support more people to leave homelessness behind for good. James McNicholas, Trust Manager, said “This support is hugely significant in allowing us to continue to provide a safe service to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Lockdown has brought many challenges, but this funding will help us to carry on our vital work.”

Anthony (seen in video on left sidebar) has been a resident at Caritas Anchor House throughout the lockdown period. He said, “Being here at Caritas Anchor House has made lockdown a lot easier for me. I can self-isolate whenever I choose to in a safe environment and there are food donations that come in every day. It’s been a very good support network here and it’s lowered my fears of catching coronavirus.”

Thanks to the Government for making it possible for us to support more people like Anthony during this time.

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