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.
With funding totalling £1.85m, a total of 29 charities across the UK have been awarded sums of up to 100,000 to help transform the support received by women who are at an increased risk of homelessness.
Altogether, almost 200 applications were received – demonstrating the “huge need” for increased funding and support.
According to reports, over 640 women sleep on our streets every night and thousands more do not have access to a safe or suitable home.
Over two thirds (69%) of support agencies reported that they 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.
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.
The successful organisations will transform the support received by women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in a variety of ways, including:
- 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.
Homeless Link’s Assistant Director of Practice and Partnerships, Tasmin Maitland said: “Women’s homelessness is a largely hidden crisis, with over 600 women sleeping on our streets every night and thousands more who are struggling every day without access to a safe or suitable home.
“Despite this, women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are one of the most marginalised groups in our society and the specialist support that they need is often lacking or non-existent.
“Funding from the Tampon Tax Fund has enabled us to reach a diverse range of front line charities, building their capacity to deliver effective gender and trauma informed support for women experiencing homelessness.
“With the homelessness and women’s sectors working together, we expect the impact of this programme to be transformational, ultimately helping to end homelessness for women.”
Anne Taylor, who sat on the grants panel and has lived experience of homelessness added: “I feel privileged to be a part of a panel that received such a deluge of high quality bids from all over the country, demonstrating the excellence of the work being done in this imperative and underfunded sector nationwide.”
The full list of funding can be found here.