In the year 2017/18 The Whitechapel Centre was able to rehome 1648 homeless people into the right accommodation for their needs and prevented 1243 individuals from becoming homeless thanks to interventions for those at risk including drop-in advice sessions, benefits advice and personal negotiation with landlords and agencies. The charity also supported 1199 people into education and employment activities to ensure they can continue to live independently.
The Impact Stats also show that there has been a 119% increase in use of our services since 2011. This reflects the rise in homelessness of 169% right across England since 2010.
The charity, who offer support in housing at every step of the journey of homelessness, from the moment a person is at risk of losing their home, right through to those who have become entrenched in a ‘street lifestyle’, have been able to meet this increased need. Our services are open to all, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our ‘wrap-around’ care includes day and night shelters, a 24hr public helpline (0300 123 2041), and dedicated Street Outreach Teams.
The charity’s in-depth research, conducted by frontline staff, also shows that homelessness really can happen to anyone. In fact, the most common reasons for homelessness in the city are accommodation breakdown, mental health issues, financial difficulties and relationship problems. The research also found that 71% of the people accessing their services were aged between 20-44 years highlighting the importance of quick intervention for young people experiencing homelessness.