Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

WE HELPED 278 PEOPLE HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME

WE HELPED 278 PEOPLE HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME

From 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, we provided a home and support to 278 people who were experiencing homelessness.  

As COVID-19 hit and the country went into lockdown, we really had to adapt how we did things. Our work was and is as important as ever. It was essential that we carried on providing a home and support to those who really need it, but we had to start working differently.

The health and wellbeing of the Caritas Anchor House community has always been our priority, and this has not changed. People who have experienced homelessness are three times more likely to experience a chronic health condition, which means many of our residents are much more vulnerable to getting ill as a result of coronavirus. As much as possible, we paused vital in-person support and went virtual.

We had to close the much-loved communal areas of the building, implement an enhanced cleaning regime and place limits on facilities such as the residents’ kitchen and laundry. Newham, where we are based, had the highest death rate in the country for quite some time - but because of these measures, not one single resident (of the 278 we supported) tested positive for COVID-19.

45% of our new residents (141) became homeless due to family or friends no longer able to accommodate them - often due to overcrowding and concerns about COVID-19

 "I came here when a relationship breakdown left me homeless. They’ve been very supportive, calling me on the telephone regularly to make sure I’m okay and if there is anything I need help with. The pandemic has had a big impact, but Caritas Anchor House has made it easier, in the sense that, I have a safe place that I can be, get the help that I need and focus on brighter days ahead."

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