Category: Benefits

Double your impact on #GivingTuesday

Your donation to us can have double the impact. From 12pm on 27 November, your donations to us will be generously doubled for a limited time only. Follow this link between 27 Nov… Read more »

Surviving sanctions

Supporting entrenched rough sleepers

To make it out of homelessness permanently, each person needs individualised support. In a recent study, different barriers to leaving behind homelessness were looked at in detail. The ‘Welfare Conditionality’… Read more »

Christmas in hostels across the country

Railway Road homeless hostel residents enjoy Christmas presents, Boxing day activities, Xmas dinner and decorations Your donations helped to make Christmas a lot brighter for more than 1,000 homeless people in schemes across England. A member of support staff described Christmas at a homelessness hostel... Read more »

Frequently Asked Questions about homelessness

The Homeless Outreach & Support Team (HOST) is managed by Riverside Care & Support

Why are people homeless? Overall, the most common reason for becoming homeless is the end of a tenancy. Another common reason is relationship breakdown between family members. Further reasons include… Read more »

Homelessness: The 21st-century problem

Photo Sleeping Rough by Steven J Lilley (sk8geek) Licensed under CC

Homelessness, in every sense of the word, is turning out to be the defining problem of the 21st century. Current estimates put the number of homeless people in the world… Read more »

No housing benefit for 18-22 year olds

Sam poses with two support workers

Since 1 April 2017, people over 18 but less than 22 years old are no longer entitled to the housing cost element of Universal Credit. This is predicted to affect… Read more »

Meeting the local wild life

Ex-offenders, especially young adults, often lack basic life skills such as cooking and budgeting.

Residents in one homelessness scheme we support decided that a trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park would be ideal for them by being both fun and educational. The scheme is for… Read more »

Gym to transform community

Gym to transform community Facilities at homelessness schemes can benefit the whole community. Colin joined the Swale Your Way group, for people with mental health issues, just over 18 months ago. He soon got... Read more »

Volunteers help addicts recover

Our Approach: Building Confidence

Simon is a regular volunteer at Newbury House, a scheme supported by Church Housing Trust for homeless people with alcohol dependency problems. He has a past of drug and alcohol… Read more »

The beautiful game

Group shot

Sporting activities aren’t just good for health and wellbeing – they also cement teamwork skills and encourage a bit of friendly competition. For homeless individuals who are having trouble socialising,… Read more »


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