Keep our team on the streets

Porchlight’s rough sleeper team monitors the number of people found on the streets of Kent. We’re aware of 707 people who slept on the streets between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017, compared to 509 people the previous year. A range of factors are driving the increase in rough sleeping, including insecure jobs, welfare reform and a lack of social and/or affordable housing.

Many of those we support have complex needs, however, the issues that make rough sleepers so vulnerable can also prevent them from accessing help. The longer people are on the streets, the more harm they will come to and the harder they are to help.

Our rough sleeper service is a vital lifeline for people who have nowhere else to turn. We provide intensive support and regular street contact with rough sleepers, helping them to make the first move off the streets into stable housing.

Once rough sleepers are housed we ensure that they have enough immediate and ongoing support to maintain their tenancy and gain relevant life-skills and employability support. 

Current funding partners for the Street Contact Service include the Big Lottery Fund, Kent Police Commissioner’s Fund and Canterbury City Council.

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For further information about any of our fundraising priorities please contact 01227 813199 or email