Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

Our News in Brief

Our News in Brief

1st September 2020
To mark the day, staff at Caritas Anchor House welcomed Simon Aalders from Open Road for a lunch and learn session. He talked about the signs and symptoms of an overdose, what to do to help and how support for those at risk of overdose has changed in the past few years. The session was full of...
25th August 2020
We have seen so many individuals who come through our doors lost in a healthcare system that they struggle to navigate. As part of our supportive package, we help residents get back on track with their health and wellbeing. This is crucial, as homelessness naturally closes the door to basic...
10th August 2020
I was working in the media sector when I was made redundant, and around the same time, I lost my father who I was extremely close to. I thought I’d bounce back and get a new job quickly, but days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months. I fell into rental arrears and was evicted, and was...
6th August 2020
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...
23rd July 2020
But last week, a landmark court ruling declared housing benefit discrimination unlawful, putting an end to 'no DSS, 'no benefits' or 'no Universal Credit' policies. The court case featured a single mother who was refused a tenancy because of her housing benefit, despite having a professional...
7th July 2020
When lockdown struck, there was so much change across the country – and here at Caritas Anchor House, that’s definitely been felt. The past three months have seen a huge shift in the way we operate. With 140 homeless people to keep safe during these difficult times, our focuses have quite rightly...
12th June 2020
This is because of a government policy called No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) that denies people living and working in the UK crucial forms of support from the government. Without assistance like Universal Credit and housing benefit, so many people - including 100,000 children - are left without...
11th June 2020
Our focus through lockdown has been on making sure our residents and the team feel safe, and their basic needs are met. For our 33 hub and 107 core residents, that’s meant having a roof over their heads, access to food and support with challenges they may be facing. This includes those who have...
5th June 2020
We wanted to showcase the support of some of those incredible people and teams, who have helped to make a difference to the 140 people who call Caritas Anchor House home. Clifford Chance have worked with us for a number of years now, offering one-to-one mentoring, language and literacy support...
2nd June 2020
I was so scared when I arrived at Caritas Anchor House and isolated myself. I have problems with depression, low mood and bulimia, and thought everyone I met hated me and would want me to leave. But I now realise that’s just a feeling and isn’t true. I’ve got a good relationship with my keyworker...

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