This has been an unprecedented time for all of us. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the vulnerable people we work with have faced more uncertainty than ever. Your support has not only allowed us to continue to provide our vital services but has also helped us to adapt and develop new ways of working to make sure we can continue to support people on their journey away from the streets.
As one of the UK's leading homelessness charities, we believe that people can and do recover from the issues that cause homelessness. We work to prevent homelessness and support people at every step of their recovery.
Since March we have been working closley with our partners such as local authorities, housing associations and other homelessness charities to help people who are sleeping rough and in hostels to self-isolate and protect themselves from Coronavirus. We have played a key role in helping to deliver the Everyone In Initiative. At a difficult time, we have continued to deliver over 90% of our frontline operations through adapting our services, moving to hotels and supporting clients remotely over the phone and online.
During the pandemic, St Mungo's staff have:
- Managed 27 hotels across the south and south west to make sure people could isolate safely and not be at risk
- Helped over 3,000 people who were rough sleeping or in shelters to isolate safely in emergency accomodation
- Provided over 140,000 meals to our vulnerable clients shielding during lockdown
- Supported 1,072 people to make positive moves into longer-term housing
This has been a tough time but we know that our services and support have continued to have a positive impact on the lives of our clients.
“Since I’ve been in lockdown, I’ve had great support from St Mungo’s. Being inside, away from the streets, I feel at ease with myself and everything that’s going on. Once this is all done, I want to find a flat for me and my partner and head back to work.”
St Mungo’s client
“For the first time in three and half years I feel safe again. No matter how good you get at living on the street, safety never really comes into it. So for me, it’s a very positive feeling.”
St Mungo’s client,
Thank you again for your support