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Anchor House awarded grant to tackle rough sleeping in Newham

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Anchor House awarded grant to tackle rough sleeping in Newham

20th November 2013
East London charity, Anchor House, has been awarded £150,000 to tackle rough sleeping in Newham.

Anchor House is one of the 30 projects across the country to benefit from the latest instalment of the multi-million pound Homelessness Transition Fund, which is administered by Homeless Link and funded by Department for Communities and Local Government.

This funding will help further roll-out the government’s ‘No Second Night Out’ pledge across the country. Started in London, this innovative scheme aims to ensure that anyone who ends up on the streets gets help quickly so they do not spend a second night sleeping rough.

Anchor House has secured the grant, in partnership with Thames Reach, to set up a hub which will act as the first point of contact for homeless people in Newham – the third most deprived borough in England and Wales.

People using the hub, which will be delivered at Anchor House, will be offered assessments and have access to services addressing substance misuse and mental health, education and training, employment support and referrals on to accommodation. 

Keith Fernett, Director of Anchor House, said “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to develop a new approach to tackling homelessness in Newham – an area at the wrong end of every measure including poverty, homelessness, health and employment.”

He said, "The partnership with Thames Reach is vital, and this is a further investment in trying to provide as comprehensive a service as possible to meet the needs of the street homeless in Newham."

Despite Anchor House providing a home to up to 220 people of Newham each year, the number of people becoming homeless in the borough continues to increase. The charity said that there were estimated to be 6,500 people sleeping rough each night in London - an increase of 13% from the previous year - and many were not aware of help available.

Kris Hopkins, housing minister, said “I am absolutely clear that homelessness has no place in the 21st century and I am determined that every effort is made to prevent and tackle rough sleeping and get more support to vulnerable people in need.That’s why I’m pleased to see 30 projects benefit from a share of £3.5 million to continue their goodwork and help people find stable homes and jobs and get their lives back on track.” 

Sharon Allen, chair of the fund’s grants panel said: “We know how damaging spending a night on the streets is to an individual’s well-being. The grants we have awarded so far have helped thousands of people in communities across England to escape homelessness and move towards independence.

The 30 projects chosen for this final round will continue this good work and ensure that individuals who find themselves without a home can be supported to get their lives back on track.”

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Anchor House
Anchor House is a nationally acclaimed flagship project addressing the root causes of homelessness – such as poor education, substance misuse, mental health problems, domestic violence or a history of offending – and create sustainable solutions that ensure the people we help will never find themselves in that situation again.

It is a registered charity providing accommodation for up to 220 single homeless people each year aged 19 to 65. It gives so much more than just a roof over their heads and provides a wide range of accredited vocational training courses in construction, electrical, plumbing and distance learning for both residents and the local community. In practical terms, this means not only giving our residents the skills and confidence they need to rebuild their lives and move on to independent living, but also serving the community as a whole.

The charity is located in Canning Town, in the London Borough of Newham, the third most deprived borough in England and Wales.

Thames Reach
Thames Reach is a London- based charity helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. Their vision is to end street homelessness. 

Thames Reach supports people with experience of homelessness as well as vulnerable or isolated men and women who may be in danger of becoming homeless. The charity specialises in helping people with complex and multiple needs, including mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems.

Homelessness Transition Fund
Funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and administered by Homeless Link, the £20million independent Homelessness Transition Fund was set up to support government’s rough sleeping strategy ‘Vision to end rough sleeping: No Second Night Out nationwide’.