According to Thames Reach, 8,096 individuals were reported sleeping rough in London across the course of the past year, a rise of 7% over last year. 65% of these, or 5,276, were seen sleeping rough for the first time in London.
Thames Reach is a London-based charity helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. Their vision is to end street homelessness.
Dexters chose Thames Reach as a recognised charity Partner in 2013. Sarah Barrett, Dexters People and Communications Director, explains: “Like Thames Reach, we’re passionate about London and helping to fight homelessness on the streets of the capital, so there’s a strong affinity between the two organisations. We raise money through things like our own version of Great British Bake Off and sporting events. Colleagues also regularly call the StreetLink service where you can let the team know someone is sleeping rough so that person won’t spend a second consecutive night on the street.”
Thames Reach says the support of its corporate partners like Dexters enables it to deliver valuable services that otherwise would have to close.
More than 100 households were evicted every day from rented homes in England last year, the latest figures show. Some 39,723 homes were repossessed by bailiffs in the 12 months to September 2016 - equivalent to 108 per day, Ministry of Justice data says. It adds that 137,773 renting households are at risk of losing their homes. Homelessness charity Shelter blamed benefit cuts and affordable housing shortages, but a government official said: "We are committed to building the homes this country needs and have doubled the housing budget to £8bn to build 400,000 more affordable homes. Our reforms are incentivising work and restoring fairness to the system, and we continue to spend over £90bn a year supporting working age people who are out of work, disabled or a carer, bringing up a family or on a low income."