Having a roof over your head is a fundamental human right. Yet homelessness is part of a much bigger picture impacting on a person's life and society. Working at grass roots level we support a particularly vulnerable section of the population; those who often have nowhere else to go and who without our support would become street sleepers. We prevent veterans of the emergency services and armed forces becoming homeless by sourcing accommodation and providing long-term support.
We are currently supporting veterans from the age of 19 to 93. For each age group the homelessness problem presents in different ways. Becoming homeless can be a result of drink, drugs, violence, mental health, loss of work, loss of relationships and quite simply running out of options. There are very few charities who have a physical presence at street level (which we have). This is vital for providing each access to those who are frequently considered beyond available resources.
By identifying the reason someone is homeless and working with the individual at grassroots, we can help prevent homelessness. When we set up a hub, we often deal with the more extreme forms of deprivation such as rough sleeping, suicide, extreme alcoholism, drug use and broken people/families. We go from reactive to proactive solutions, and most of the work we do is preventative. It's about needs not neediness and enabling those who come to us for help live their lives the best way they can.
This project will increase the long-term impact of preventing cases of homelessness. The ripple effects of our support are vast as security is being created for a percentage of the population who traditionally bounce from service to service and can be disruptive. It cuts costs to emergency services, social services and support services preventing the spiral into anti-social behaviour that impacts the people around them be they supporters, carers or other family members and the general public.