I’m sure that like us you were saddened by the release of new figures this week from the Office of National Statistics that show that an estimated 726 homeless people died last year in England and Wales. Most of those who died were men, with an average age of just 45.
If you would like to read the report you can do so here.
These deaths are preventable. We work hard locally to support our community, both those who are sleeping rough, or in cars and sheds, and importantly those who are at risk of homelessness. By working to prevent people from losing their homes we can make an enormous difference to people’s safety and quality of life.
The support we receive in turn from our local community makes a huge difference, and gives all of us a reason to be positive about the years ahead. Just this week we received a lovely email from a local lady whose children had been raising funds to support our clients. We will continue to go and seek out our local rough sleepers and keep them safe, and we thank you, our community, for enabling us to do so.