Streets2Homes, based in Harlow, offers accommodation and support to homeless people and helps to prevent homelessness. It’s day centre provides a safe, welcoming place where homeless people in the community can rest, make friends, use cleaning facilities, have a nutritious meal and get housing advice.
The team at Streets2Homes proactively seek to get rough sleepers into secure accommodation by collaborating with community organisations. The outreach work they do has been vital in helping to encourage homeless people to engage in their services and helps them to regain confidence and to develop life skills needed for living independently . The team provides social contact and access to training sessions, employment advice and health services. They also help them to overcome problems with their mental health and issues such as substance abuse.
When the pandemic hit, the number of homeless people on the streets rose and due to government restrictions, Streets2Homes were forced to close the day centre. However funding provided by the NET Coronavirus Appeal, through Essex Community Foundation, enabled Streets2Homes to continue their outreach services providing essential food parcels and welfare packs to those in most need. The team also undertook regular welfare calls to their clients to provide emotional support as well as liaising with local partners and authorities to source emergency accommodation.