About Us

Working at the heart of homelessness

At Caritas Anchor House, we support up to 220 people each year with a stable and safe environment to help them develop aspirations, confidence and self-esteem to enable them to move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives.

Based in Canning Town, the most deprived ward in the second most deprived borough in the country, we provide a wide range of accredited vocational training courses for both our residents and the local unemployed.

Residents are not only given a roof over their heads, but the opportunity to realise and accept for themselves that they have the skills and talents necessary to be happy and successful in life.

Through the holistic and nationally award winning ‘Aspirations Programme’, Lifestyle Architects work with them to address the root causes of their homelessness through training, job guidance, volunteering, health and well-being and personal rehabilitation. The aim is to provide tangible, sustainable solutions to the challenge of homelessness.

Residents sign a contract out of homelessness, agreeing to a personal development plan focused on their individual needs.

History

Formerly a seaman’s mission, Anchor House was established in 1962 by the Catholic London Inter-Diocesan Council of the Apostleship of the Sea (Charity No. 253669).

Its original purpose was to provide temporary accommodation to out-of-work seafarers coming into and out of the nearby ports.

With the closure of the London Docks in 1969, whilst it continued to act as a refuge for seamen, it gradually fell into disrepair, as did Canning Town. Anchor House then transformed itself into a residential life skills centre for the homeless, and changed its name to Caritas Anchor House in 2014.

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Overcoming Challenges

Monday, April 14th, 2014

During the last quarter of this year, Caritas Anchor House has continued to see changes in the social care sector, particularly around the issue of homelessness. There has been a major change in the profile of received referrals and this quarter, some 90 of our residents had one of more of the following needs: mental […]

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Catholic and Anglican Bishops Visit East London Homeless

Friday, April 11th, 2014

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Brentwood and the Anglican Bishop of Chelmsford visited Caritas Anchor House on Friday as part of ‘Listen To God: Hear the Poor‘ week. This joint initiative between Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols aims to highlight the efforts of Christians who work with those in need and runs from […]

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Housing Benefit Changes Take Effect

Friday, April 4th, 2014

New housing benefit regulations came into effect on 1st April 2014, which put strict limitations on migrants from the European Economic Area (EEA). In the future, migrants will not be eligible for housing benefit unless they gain employment, and after that employment period ends, they can only claim housing benefit for a further six months. […]

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