New website launches to help combat London's rising homeless problem

17 Sep 2012 02:15 PM

With the latest Government statistics showing a 27% rise in homelessness in the capital, a website has been re-launched yesterday to help those at risk of homelessness access the advice they need.

Homelesslondon.org offers a one-stop-shop for information on the rights of those who are homeless and links to over 1,600 services that may be able to help.

With evidence suggesting that nearly half of rough sleepers never seek help before the streets the website aims to help anyone who is concerned about homelessness.

If someone is homeless, in danger of becoming homeless or needs to find accommodation – Homeless London takes you through the stages to find the information that is relevant to you.

With over 60,000 visits a year by professionals working with those who are homeless, the site will continue to enable them to find accurate information on local services.

Homeless London has been produced by Homeless Link, the umbrella organisation for homeless charities in England. The project is funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Greater London Authority and the support of London's five sub-regional housing partnerships who represent all 33 London boroughs

Commenting, David Ford, Chair of Homeless Link’s Expert Panel, who has experienced homelessness said:

"One of the most frustrating aspects of homelessness is not knowing where to go for the right advice and support or how to access the appropriate services. The new Homeless London web site goes a long way to overcoming that frustration with clear and quick information and direction for those who need help."

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, says:

“Life on the streets damages individuals and harms communities. Our research has shown that almost half of those who sleep rough will not have had any contact with services before they end up on the streets. As homelessness in the capital is rising, it is clear that we need to make sure people can find information on where to go and get help before ending up on the streets.

“If you or someone you know is homeless or is at risk of becoming homeless, log-on to Homeless London now and get the help that could make all the difference.

To find out more visit: www.homelesslondon.org