Help give women in Kent a safe place to call home

Monthly

One-off

£25

could pay for emergency food and toiletries for someone’s first night off the streets

£50

could cover 10 calls to our helpline for people who need urgent support

£100

could provide a move-on pack of necessities and furniture for someone moving into their own home

Other amount

Rough sleeping is dangerous for everyone but women experiencing homelessness face frightening risks of violence and abuse.

Covid-19 has posed an even more urgent threat for female rough sleepers and women at risk of homelessness.

With lockdown measures in place and escape routes cut off, the risk of serious harm from domestic abuse has risen. Many women are trapped in unsafe homes facing a stark choice between homelessness or staying with their abuser.

Some are forced to live on the streets, others become the ‘hidden homeless’ - out of sight in squats or sofa surfing with family and friends.

But the pressures of lockdown have ended these temporary arrangements for many and women have been forced to adopt more risky strategies such as staying with people they barely know, just to keep a roof over their heads.

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It was a very scary time. I slept round the back of an old building. Sometimes, I would have to swallow my pride and ask a random friend if I could stay for the night.

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Because of what they’ve been through, many homeless women have very complex needs but trauma from past experiences and trust issues can prevent them from seeking the healthcare and support they need.

For every woman we help, we know there are more who urgently need our support. Please make a donation so we can ensure women in Kent have a safe place to call home.


Prefer to donate over the phone?

If you are unable to donate online or prefer to donate over the phone please call us on 01227 813199

Or if you’d like to send a cheque in the post you can find out more on our contact us page.