Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

Transforming lives and effecting positive change

Our News in Brief

Transforming lives and effecting positive change

17th January 2017
The last quarter has seen positive change at Caritas Anchor House, and we’re delighted that the construction of our new 25 first stage move-on flats is complete. 21 residents have moved into them already and a further 19 have been rehoused in the community.

We’re also pleased that the average length of stay has reduced to nine months – a remarkable achievement in the context of the London housing market. However, we are still experiencing referrals from an ageing population with more complex requirements. Last year we received 600 referrals in total but only had the capacity to accept 93 new residents, and so we have had to revise our referral criteria.

Our new approach, combined with our emphasis on move-on and new flats mean that we will offer a home and support to an additional 30 to 50 homeless people each year. This support is becoming ever more vital as in Newham, where we are based, 12,246 people are homelessness; this equates to one in 27 people – the second highest in the country. 

Our community resilience activities are continuing to have a positive impact - attendances at our counselling service and community centre are on the rise, and our focus now is to integrate these activities with those provided inside our homeless facility.

Over the last three months to 31 December 2016:

  • 21 residents moved into our new move-on flats
  • 19 residents moved into independent living in the community
  • 11 residents gained employment
  • 551 volunteering sessions were undertaken

Download our latest quarterly report here: Aspirations Programme Q3 01 10 16 - 31 12 16 (pdf)

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