Funding cuts to homelessness and mental health support

An important message for World Homeless Day and World Mental Health Day

It's frustrating and upsetting to see funding for homelessness and mental health services in Kent disappearing.

It's not what we wanted to be talking about this World Homeless Day and World Mental Health Day. But it's important that everyone understands what's happening.

We're bracing for the loss of £1m annual homelessness funding in April 2024. This threatened to put the future of our hostels at risk – but you raised enough to keep them open until the end of 2024. Now, we're working to secure new funding to ensure they're here to stay.

More people are at risk of homelessness due to the cost of living crisis. We want to help as many of them as possible. But without the right funding, we're having to scale back the help we provide.

We’re also contending with funding cuts to mental health support. This will affect work that’s done with people whose mental health has been affected by financial worries and housing issues. Without the right support, their mental health will only worsen.

It's a challenging time but we’ll continue seeking new sources of funding. We'll also speak out about what's happening and put pressure on central government to plug these funding gaps and keep a safety net in place for vulnerable people.