Catholic charity Caritas Anchor House is hosting a reception in the House of Lords this World Homeless Day, to encourage society to support the homeless charities working to make a difference.
World Homeless Day takes place on 10th October each year, and aims to
draw attention to the needs of the estimated 100 million people
globally who are without a place to live.
Across England, homelessness continues to rise at an alarming rate.
The number of people sleeping rough in the country has doubled since
2010 and increased by 30% in the last year, and an estimated 8,096
people slept on the streets of London last year. Meanwhile, there are a
further estimated 400,000 "hidden homeless" people, living in hostels,
squatting, sofa surfing and more.
In the London Borough of Newham, where Caritas Anchor House is based,
homeless acceptances per 1,000 households are five times higher than
across the UK.
Rough sleeping in Newham has tripled over the past five
years, and those facing difficulty are finding it increasingly difficult
to access the support they need.
Caritas Anchor House, a residential and lifeskills centre in Newham,
provides a home and support to over 230 homeless people each year, many
of whom have complex needs relating to substance misuse, mental health,
domestic abuse and offending.
By hosting its fourth annual World
Homeless Day reception, which is to be attended by 250 high profile and
influential individuals, Caritas Anchor House hopes to encourage people
to tackle this global issue on a local level, and help stop the
escalating levels of homelessness.
The lunchtime event, sponsored by The Global Noticeboard, will be
held on Thursday 6 October 2016 and will see speakers Field Marshal Lord
Guthrie of Craigiebank, ITN newsreader Julie Etchingham, Minister for
Local Government Marcus Jones and the charity's Chairman Mgr John
Armitage discuss the vital and transformative work of Caritas Anchor
House, the importance of working together to eradicate homelessness and
the challenges we face in doing so. Guests at the event will also be
able to meet with the frontline staff of Caritas Anchor House and the
residents that call it home.
"Homelessness and those experiencing it are so often overlooked by
society, but as the figures continue to rise in London and globally,
this issue cannot be ignored anymore," said Keith Fernett, Chief
Executive of Caritas Anchor House.
"In holding our World Homeless Day reception, we hope to raise
awareness of this issue and encourage people to do more. It is only
through working together as a community, and by supporting frontline
services such as Caritas Anchor House, that we can hope to put an end to
Caritas Anchor House is currently in the midst of a capital project
to expand their facility and service provision to respond to the
increased demand on their services. The development will see 25 studios
flats for previously homeless people completed in November this year,
before construction starts on
state-of-the-art educational facilities for both the charity's residents and members of the local community.
Caritas Anchor House's World Homeless Day reception comes shortly
both MPs will meet in Parliament to debate the Homelessness Reduction
Bill on Friday 28 October.
The private members bill raised by Bob
Blackman MP, represents an important opportunity to reform homelessness
legislation in England and has prompted a very real sense of optimism
and heighted urgency across the sector.