Homeless Link's work in London includes providing support to agencies and working with local authorities, regional bodies and central Government to addess homelessness and rough sleeping in the capital.
Homeless Link's Membership in London
Homeless Link has over 130 members in London with a membership presence in most boroughs. The nature of membership varies from large homeless charities employing over 800 staff through to projects run entirely by volunteers. Information about some of their current work is often included in London Link.
Regional Data FOR London
These links and websites give statistics about the number of non-priority homeless people, rough sleepers and statutory homeless people in London:
See the Homeless London website for details of over 1,700 services for homeless people across London.
See also the State of the Sector Survey for information about the finances, staffing and clients of London's homelessness services.
The GLA's 2009 London Borough Stat Pack contains borough level data on a range of topics including housing, health and migration.
London Councils Commissioned Work
London Councils have funded Homeless Link, Shelter and DrugScope's PLUS Project until the 31st March 2015 to provide support to around 260 frontline homelessness services. The support is around improving capacity building, developing higher quality services, sharing good practice and knowledge, encouraging partnership working, and focusing on the needs of equalities groups e.g. young homeless people, homeless migrants and homeless women.
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There are five housing sub-regions in London. Homeless Link is closely involved in the work of the East London Housing Partnership and produced a Rough Sleeping Strategy to complement No One Left Out - Communities ending rough sleeping, the Government strategy launched in November 2008.
The Mayor's Rough Sleeping Group (MRSG)
The London Delivery Board has been replaced by the Mayors Rough Sleeping Group, which is made up of the Communities and Local Government Department and seven councils: Westminster, City of London, Camden, Ealing, Tower Hamlets, Southwark and Lambeth. It meets quarterly (the first meeting was in March 2013). There will also be a twice yearly meeting where other organisations involved in homelessness, including charities can take part. The first of these meetings is in May 2013.
Funding for London's Homelessness Agencies
Homeless Link has compiled a list of some Trusts and Foundations that fund homelessness organisations both in London, the South East and across England (last updated June 2011).
For more information see the pages on Homeless Link and the London Delivery Board and on how Homeless Link is helping with Ending rough sleeping in London.