Through desperate times, you’ve shown someone still cares

You kept support in place

It’s been nearly a year since we learned that our homelessness services were having their funding cut.

This devastating news left the future of our hostels uncertain. What happened next was amazing.

You gave security to our residents by raising £1.6 million – enough to keep our hostels open until the end of 2024. It’s the most we’ve ever made in donations in a single year and we’re so grateful.

The money you raised will prevent our hostels from closing next spring when funding is withdrawn completely. The people living in them will have more time to recover from the damaging effects of homelessness, get back on their feet and secure somewhere of their own to live.

It also gives us more time to find new sources of income and ensure that support for people in Kent facing homelessness is here to stay.

It’s going to be difficult – Kent is facing a £5 million annual shortfall in homelessness funding*. If some services disappear, the remaining ones will become backed up, reducing the help available for newly homeless people.

But, by coming together as a community to help vulnerable people, you’ve given us a reason to be hopeful.

Our aim is to let each person see that there is life after homelessness.

What happens in supported housing?

Helping someone to recover from homelessness is about more than just putting a roof over their head. A lot of the work we do takes place ‘behind the scenes’ in our supported housing.

Once someone is safely housed, our staff will put mental health support in place, help them work with drug and alcohol recovery services, and offer help with tenancies, debt management and finding work.

There are many reasons that people become homeless. Relationship breakdowns, bereavements, mental ill health or insecure housing are just some of the things experienced by people we work with. Often, several factors are to blame.

Whatever the reason, poverty is likely to be an underlying factor. It can affect a person’s relationships, mental health and make it more difficult for them to gain or remain in employment. Childhood poverty is by far the biggest influence on the chances of someone experiencing homelessness by the age of 30.

We have single and shared properties across Kent for people aged 18+. We also have properties that cater to people who have specific housing needs. One is women-only for those who have experienced violence and abuse. Another gives women with children a place of their own to live.

*The Kent Homeless Connect service, delivered by Porchlight and others, is ending. Read the backstory at porchlight.org.uk/fundingcuts