Homelessness has never been more prevalent. An estimated 4,751 people slept on the streets overnight in 2017 – a 15% increase on 2016. The definition of “homeless” however is more than just sleeping on the street. If you’re staying with friends, sofa surfing, staying in a hostel or squatting – then you can technically be classed as homeless. It can even include staying in a very crowded and run down property.
The current financial and housing market makes it harder than ever to live comfortably and affordably in your own home. In light of this, we at The DPS understand that charitable donations and giving back to the community helps keep people off the streets.
Our latest donation was a sum of £8,145 to Liverpool based homeless and housing charity, the Whitechapel Centre. The charity works with people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation in the Liverpool region, helping them to find and maintain a home and learn the life skills essential for independent living.
The centre relies on a combination of local government, charitable trusts, corporate and individual donations. Due to an increasing number of people coming to them for help, they received 27% more applications for help last year. Furthermore – with funding from local government being reduced, we understood they needed more help than ever to ensure they can continue their incredible work.
The Whitechapel Centre’s Hub & Homeless Resolution Service works to ensure no new rough sleeper spends a second night out on the street.
Rob Farnos, Services Manager at the Whitechapel Centre, said:
“We’re grateful to The DPS for this donation, which will fund our Private Rented Bond Scheme and help those in need to secure a home in private rented accommodation. With the support of organisations like The DPS, we’re able to continue our work supporting homeless and vulnerably housed people in the region into suitable homes.”
Last year the centre found accommodation for 1,354 people & prevented 968 people from becoming homeless.
Daren King, Head of Tenancy Deposit Protection at The DPS, said:
“Over the last four years we’ve donated £300,000 to charities across the UK and helped hundreds of people find homes or improve their accommodation. We’re delighted to support The Whitechapel Centre and the vital work it undertakes helping people in the local area.”
Any charities focused on the housing sector can apply for much needed funds via our website at www.depositprotection.com/the-dps-charity-donations-fund.
Applications for the next round of awards must be submitted by 31 March 2018.