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Local homeless charity awarded £25,000 grant

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Local homeless charity awarded £25,000 grant

18th December 2013
Newham based homeless charity Anchor House has been awarded a £25,000 grant to help strengthen essential services for homeless people in Newham.

The grant is part of £120,875 awarded to six homeless organisations in England this month, and comes from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Future Ready Fund. 

Administered via Homeless Link, this fund supports organisations making preparation for services for the future, and has so far given out a total of 49 grants worth over £977K. 

Applicants for the grants were each required to show how the funding would enable them to develop and strengthen their organisations, at a time when the third sector is facing a variety of challenges, and provide effective support to the vulnerable individuals they work with.

Anchor House will use the grant to fund a role exploring partnership working, which will enable the organisation to find new ways to expand and develop its services. This will play a key role in the future of service delivery for Anchor House, and will help it to continue to act as one of the few fully functioning social action agencies addressing homelessness in Newham.

Anchor House Director Keith Fernett welcomed the grant saying, “We are delighted with this support from the DCLG and Homeless Link. It will allow us to move ahead in an increasingly demanding funding climate, meaning we can expand our capacity and diversify and strengthen our partnership proposals.”

Commenting on the successful applicants, Samantha Rennie, Director of the Homelessness Transition Fund, said: “In the current financial climate it is vital that homelessness organisations think creatively about how to ensure their service can continue supporting the needs of their clients. The Future Ready Fund exists to help with this process and these 6 organisations have been rewarded because they propose effective responses to the changing demands of the sector.” 

The Future Ready Fund has a total budget of £500K in 2013/14 which comes from the £20m Homelessness Transition Fund, an independent fund administered by umbrella organisation Homeless Link and funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.


MEDIA CONTACT:

Jazmine Sandison, Marketing and Communications
Anchor House, 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB
Phone: 020 7476 6062
Email: communications@anchorhouseuk.org


EDITOR'S NOTE:

Anchor House is a nationally acclaimed flagship project addressing the root causes of homelessness; substance misuse; poor mental health; unemployment; lack of skills/education and a history of offending.

It is a registered charity providing accommodation for up to 220 single homeless people each year. It also provides a wide range of accredited vocational training courses in construction, electrical, plumbing and distance learning for both residents and the local community. The charity is located in Canning Town, in the London Borough of Newham, the third most deprived borough in England and Wales.