The Homeless Link Social Investment Fund
Through the fund we have awarded social investment to 21 organisations and have a portfolio of £1.8million. Investees have received blended finance, with 20% grant funding and 80% loan mix.
The fund has enabled a range of activities from providing supported accommodation for young people to increasing corporate fundraising capacity within an organisation.
Other examples include:
- Handcrafted where funding enabled the purchasing of renovation projects which were completed with the involvement of their services users as part of their employability training programmes
- Doncaster Homeless Youth Project whose project focuses on move on accommodation for young people looking for long term housing solutions.
Interested in Social Investment?
Homeless Link are no longer open to new social investment applications, but please contact us if you would like to hear more about our work or discuss your social investment plans.
Can social investment funds create new ways of working?
With grant finance becoming less and less certain, social purpose organisations are having to consider new ways of ensuring they can continue to provide essential support to the most vulnerable members of our community.Read the blog
Developing opportunities through social investment
Homeless Link’s Social Investment Fund was created to provide a resource for those working to reduce homelessness in England.Read blog here
Why has Homeless Link set up a Social Investment Fund?
Like many of you, when I first started hearing the term - social investment, my immediate reaction was that this was a way of privatising the voluntary sector.Read the blog
Some useful resources for exploring social investment
Demystifying Social Investment
Learn how social investment can help you help more people you support
This Much We Know podcast
A podcast looking at the role of social enterprise in the homeless sector. Hosted by Homeless Link with guest experienced social entrepreneurs sharing their experiences, successes and their failures.