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Revealing the local face of a global crisis

29th September 2017
On the 05th October 2017, 250 people will gather in the House of Lords to mark World Homeless Day, at Caritas Anchor House’s annual reception.

World Homeless Day occurs in October each year and aims to draw attention to the estimated 100 million[1] people who are without a home worldwide. Despite being the fifth largest economy in the world, more than a quarter of a million people have nowhere to live in England alone. In Newham, where Caritas Anchor House is based, an average of 1 in 27 people are homeless – the second highest in the country.

By holding a World Homeless Day reception, Caritas Anchor House hopes to encourage people to tackle this global issue on a local level by supporting the charities working to make a difference, and help stop the escalating levels of homelessness.

The event, hosted by Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, will see speakers Big Issue Founder Lord Bird, ITN newsreader Julie Etchingham and our Chair of Trustees Mgr John Armitage discuss the transformative work of Caritas Anchor House and the importance of working together to eradicate homelessness. Guests at the event will also hear from two residents who now call Caritas Anchor House home, as they journey from homelessness to independent living. Those due to attend include MPs, representatives from government and corporate organisations, councillors and people working across the housing, homelessness and mental health sectors.

Each year, Caritas Anchor House offers a home and support to over 250 homeless people. By providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation we help our residents break the cycle of homelessness and rebuild their lives. In the year to March 2017, we provided a home and support to 254 homeless people, helped 89 into independent living and 38 into employment.

This year, we are encouraging people to organise fundraising activities to help Caritas Anchor House to help more homeless people than ever before. You could run an event with friends, family, your school or place of work, community centre or place of worship.

If you think you could get involved, please get in touch on You can also click here to make a donation on our JustGiving page.

[1] Homelessness World Cup Foundation:



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