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Revealing the stories behind the statistics this World Homeless Day

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Revealing the stories behind the statistics this World Homeless Day

23rd September 2019
Next month, 250 people will come together in the House of Lords to mark World Homeless Day.

World Homeless Day is an internationally recognised day to raise awareness of the global issue of homelessness and the work to help those affected by it, and to call for an end to homelessness once and for all.

An East London homelessness charity, Caritas Anchor House, is hosting the reception on 8th October 2019, to draw attention to homeless people’s needs, and provide opportunities for the community to get in involved to make a difference. They will shed light on this global crisis at a local level and showcase the people and the stories behind the statistics.

Homelessness is on the rise across the country, and nowhere more so than in the London Borough of Newham, where the charity is based. There, a staggering 1 in every 24 people are homeless – the highest in the country.

The reception will hear from Dame Louise Casey DBE CB, Board Chair for the Institute of Global Homelessness, who has spent her career championing the rights of people experiencing social problems including homelessness and poverty.

Chief Executive, Amanda Dubarry, will share how Caritas Anchor House is working with those without a home and helping them to get back on their feet, and a former resident of the charity will share their personal journey from homelessness to having a home and a job supporting those without one.

Caritas Anchor House provides a home and tailored holistic support to over 200 homeless people each year. By offering opportunities for education, guidance and personal rehabilitation, residents can rebuild their lives and move on to a positive and fulfilling future. In the year to March 2019, the charity provided a home and support to 202 homeless people, helped 48 people into independent living and 45 into employment.

“Homelessness is still on the rise around the country, and so sadly, the demand on charities such as Caritas Anchor House is ever-increasing,” said Amanda Dubarry, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House.

“In holding our World Homeless Day reception, we hope to draw attention to the needs of people who do not have a place to call home, and encourage us all to work together and help put an end to homelessness.”

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Caritas Anchor House is homeless charity providing accommodation and support to single homeless adults in the London Borough of Newham. The charity’s driving mission is to ensure that those who walk through their doors grow in confidence and move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives by providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation. They work with vulnerable groups including those affected by homelessness, unemployment, mental health, substance misuse, domestic abuse and offending. Registered charity no: 1147794

The London Borough of Newham has the highest level of homelessness in the country, with 1 in every 24 people without a home. That’s at least 14,500 people. (Source: Shelter, Nov 2018) By comparison, 1 in 200 people are homeless nationally - 320,000 people.

By holding a World Homeless Day Reception, Caritas Anchor House hopes to encourage people to tackle this global issue on a local level and help tackle the escalating levels of homelessness. It will be hosted by Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, on Tuesday 8th October 2019, at the House of Lords. Attendees will include local and central government representatives, charities and people with lived experience of homelessness.