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Increasing Sustainability

Homeless Link has run funding programmes and other activities to help our members build social enterprises and find business models to become sustainable in the long term.

Enterprise Development Programme

The Enterprise Development Programme, funded by Access, is a bespoke learning programme and peer network. It aims to support organisations who are working to end homelessness through early stage ideation, testing, developing or growing their trading activity, and includes grants of up to £30,000 plus financial peripatetic support.

Social Investment Fund

Our Social Investment Fund, operating since 2017 with funding from Access, the Foundation for Social Investment, enabled us to offer blended finance options for homelessness focused organisations, offering a mixture of 80% loan and 20% grant. Investees were able to develop and scale up social enterprise activity or to improve their sustainability.

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This Much We Know Podcast series

These podcasts are aimed at charity professionals and entrepreneurs to explore and understand some motivations, challenges, and potential models to use to build social enterprise in a homelessness setting. We meet with social entrepreneurs to better understand their stories and background that has led them to developing socially minded businesses which support those vulnerable in our communities. 

We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed making them. 

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Murphy Hopkins

Murphy Hopkins-Hubbard

Enterprise Development and Investment Manager

Enterprise Development and Investment Manager