Charity offers Hope to Bradford's homeless

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Charity offers Hope to Bradford's homeless Charity offers Hope to Bradford's homeless

A charity that works with homeless people in Bradford has reported that demand is rising as winter bites.

The warning comes as national charity Shelter revealed that it had seen an 80 per cent increase over three years in the number of people its helpline has dealt with who are homeless or face losing their home.

Hope Housing, a charity that helps homeless people off the streets and into volunteers’ homes in Bradford, helped eight people last month and is expecting that number to rise this month.

Adam Clark, of Hope Housing, said: “The cold winter has now started and it seems that there are more homeless people in need of help at this time of year. We have seen an increase in the number of people we work with during the winter months and this year is no exception.

“During November we helped eight people off the streets and there are many more people in need of the charity’s assistance.”

For the second year running, Co-op Travelcare in Kirkgate, Bradford, is collecting items for Hope Housing which can then be placed in volunteers’ homes for homeless people to use.

Gifts of clothing and toiletries, including men’s socks, underwear, scarves, gloves, deodrant and toothbrushes are needed.

Mr Clark said: “This is the second year that the customers and staff at the Co-operative Travel have collected items for the homeless. It is fantastic to be able to pass on to these items to homeless people when they stay with our hosts.”

Shop manager Michelle Crabtree said: “We did very, very well with the collection box last Christmas and customers were really generous.”

The shop is collecting donations until Christmas. Meanwhile, Shelter has said that the number of families with children at risk of homelessness who have called the charity for help has soared by 92 per cent over the three years.

The findings come after Shelter's Christmas appeal warned that 75,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless this Christmas, living in temporary accommodation such as bed and breakfasts or hostels.

Campbell Robb, Shelter's chief executive, said: “These figures are a shocking reminder of the daily battle so many families are facing just to keep a roof over their head.

“Through our helpline, Shelter offers vital help to people who have hit rock bottom and have nowhere else to turn.”

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10:07am Fri 7 Dec 12

Albion. says...

It isn't surprising that they are noticing an increase, when you consider that the Salvation Army hostel had room for 63 people and it closed in May.
It isn't surprising that they are noticing an increase, when you consider that the Salvation Army hostel had room for 63 people and it closed in May. Albion.
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12:23pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Another Landless Peasant says...

There will be thousands more made homeless by the Governments Welfare cuts and austerity measures. Many people cannot afford to pay the extra Bedroom Tax, yet there are nowhere near enough single-occupancy dwellings for all that need them. Changes to the way Housing Benefit is paid will lead to a dramatic rise in rent arrears and evictions. The Tories and their Lib-Dem lapdogs are causing absolute chaos. But we're all in this together?
There will be thousands more made homeless by the Governments Welfare cuts and austerity measures. Many people cannot afford to pay the extra Bedroom Tax, yet there are nowhere near enough single-occupancy dwellings for all that need them. Changes to the way Housing Benefit is paid will lead to a dramatic rise in rent arrears and evictions. The Tories and their Lib-Dem lapdogs are causing absolute chaos. But we're all in this together? Another Landless Peasant
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1:20pm Fri 7 Dec 12

thingybob68 says...

people should take ownership fo their lifes, if youve failed to educate and improve your lives when this country spends billions every year on education, training etc and offers you every opportunity to do so, then quite frankly, you deserve everything you dont have!
people should take ownership fo their lifes, if youve failed to educate and improve your lives when this country spends billions every year on education, training etc and offers you every opportunity to do so, then quite frankly, you deserve everything you dont have! thingybob68
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1:29pm Fri 7 Dec 12

allinittogether says...

thingybob68 wrote:
people should take ownership fo their lifes, if youve failed to educate and improve your lives when this country spends billions every year on education, training etc and offers you every opportunity to do so, then quite frankly, you deserve everything you dont have!
So when you took ownership of your life you decided to be spiteful & narrow minded?
There are many many reasons people can become homeless but you gloss over that in your sweeping generalisation.
Compassion is obviously absent in your home.
[quote][p][bold]thingybob68[/bold] wrote: people should take ownership fo their lifes, if youve failed to educate and improve your lives when this country spends billions every year on education, training etc and offers you every opportunity to do so, then quite frankly, you deserve everything you dont have![/p][/quote]So when you took ownership of your life you decided to be spiteful & narrow minded? There are many many reasons people can become homeless but you gloss over that in your sweeping generalisation. Compassion is obviously absent in your home. allinittogether
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2:01pm Fri 7 Dec 12

RollandSmoke says...

Credit where credit is due, the government are creating jobs as charities up and down the country experience levels of demand that they have never witnessed before. Shame they pay no tax eh Mr Cameron?
Credit where credit is due, the government are creating jobs as charities up and down the country experience levels of demand that they have never witnessed before. Shame they pay no tax eh Mr Cameron? RollandSmoke
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10:52am Fri 28 Dec 12

scanipoos says...

Anyone at any time is 3 wage slips away from becoming homeless. Anyone with a spare bedroom could help
Anyone at any time is 3 wage slips away from becoming homeless. Anyone with a spare bedroom could help scanipoos
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10:52am Fri 28 Dec 12

scanipoos says...

Anyone at any time is 3 wage slips away from becoming homeless. Anyone with a spare bedroom could help
Anyone at any time is 3 wage slips away from becoming homeless. Anyone with a spare bedroom could help scanipoos
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