Tampon Tax funding behind charities’ bids to end women’s homelessness
Twenty nine diverse charities from across England that work with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have been awarded grants from Homeless Link’s Ending Women’s Homelessness grants programme, funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund.
Eighteen organisations are to receive large grants of up to £100,000, and a further eleven small grants of up to £32,000 are to be awarded to charities with a turnover of less than £2 million, with funding totalling £1.85 million (see table below for full list of grantees).
Altogether, almost 200 applications were received, demonstrating the huge need for increased funding and support for women experiencing homelessness. A recent report revealed that over two thirds (69%) of support agencies had seen an increase in the number of women with multiple disadvantage presenting to their service over the last two years, and that women are approaching services having experienced multiple forms of violence and abuse.
Homeless Link’s grants programme aims to help end women’s homelessness by building capacity for gender- and trauma-informed services and developing partnerships between homelessness and specialist women’s sector charities. To amplify its impact, it will create a community of organisations that meet to share expertise and learning.
The successful organisations will transform the support received by women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in a variety of innovative ways, including by:
- establishing or growing their women-only provision
- creating women-only spaces and specialist support within mixed services
- up-skilling staff to support women on a range of issues e.g. domestic abuse
- improving access to services to reduce the number of women sleeping rough
- focussing on prevention work and support for women who are hidden homeless
- involving women with lived experience of homelessness in project design and delivery
Several projects will pilot targeted interventions for under-represented groups such as LGBTQI+ women, black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women, young women and women with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)
In addition to fostering increased collaboration between homelessness and specialist women’s charities and the co-location of services, the grants will also see both sectors contributing to the implementation of Local Authority homelessness and rough sleeping strategies.
The grantees were chosen by a cross-sector, all-woman panel, including women with lived experience of homelessness.
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