World Homeless Day is observed internationally on 10 October each year. It is a chance to raise awareness of the needs of people currently experiencing homelessness.
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It is also an opportunity to advocate for policies and funding that will prevent and end homelessness; and a chance to promote work in local communities to alleviate suffering and prevent death.
World Homeless Day is therefore a moment to reflect on the combined impact of the cost-of-living and housing crises – starkly illustrated by the 51% increase in the number of people sleeping rough in Nottingham alone in the past year. Many people are sleeping rough for the first time.
It is also an occasion to celebrate the work of hundreds of Framework’s front line staff who work tirelessly throughout the year housing and supporting thousands of homeless people and people at risk of homelessness.
So we have chosen today to launch our winter appeal ‘No Place To Call Home’ to support urgent work to tackle the homelessness crisis.
We seek to raise £250,000 to help maintain services supporting people on the streets, getting people into accommodation and helping them to resettle in the community. Funds raised will help the charity bridge the financial gap caused by rising costs and a reduction in the value of local authority contracts to deliver services.
‘No Place To Call Home’ aims to help more people like Mel Bensley who, through her own efforts and with help from a variety of Framework services and the dedication of Framework staff, got herself back on her feet and found somewhere to call home. You can read Mel’s story here.
Framework’s Head of Fundraising and Communications, Claire Eden says:
“Following the challenges of Covid, we and our service users, like everyone else, have been hit with a time of great financial uncertainty. The cost-of-living crisis and rising inflation have put pressure on our charity’s finances like never before, at the same time as forcing more people into homelessness or unfit housing and needing our help.
“Many members of the public will be feeling the strain of rising household bills this autumn and winter however we ask people to remember those who have least and, where they can, to support our work helping people who have run out of options and have nowhere left to turn.
“We hope the public will support our Winter Appeal and help us to give Mel and others like her somewhere to call home.”
People can support Framework’s Winter Appeal by making a donation.