If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness:
Please contact your local authority in the first instance. If you are in Walsall Borough, this is Walsall Council. They will advise you about securing your current accommodation or making alternative provision.
You should register with our Choose & Move service at the same time. whg will refer our customers who are at risk of becoming homeless, and those living with them, to the local authority. We will also refer people we come into contact with through any of the other services we offer.
whg is this week recognising the tenth yearly #WorldHomelessDay by raising awareness and supporting local charitable causes alongside its regular work to tackle homelessness.
As a socially conscious, community-focused landlord we are committed to playing our part. We believe that together, we can end homelessness.
Last month, we announced a pledge of 40 homes to support Housing First, a West Midlands initiative with the WMCA and Walsall Council which aims to support over 600 rough sleepers across the West Midlands over the next three years.
Fay Shanahan, Corporate Director of Operations, said: “The increasing levels of homelessness that we are seeing is distressing and unacceptable. With the more visible forms of homelessness, such as rough sleeping, also on the rise, it is vital that we support initiatives such as these. Programmes like Housing First are a necessary and important step to getting vulnerable people off the streets and helping them into long term accommodation.
We would like to encourage those who are able to donate to the YMCA Black Country. Locally, their work is vital in relieving homelessness, with temporary accommodation and support initiatives offering a lifeline to those living on the streets.
How your donation can help:
- £15 could pay for transportation for a young person to a job interview
- £25 could pay for vital counselling for a traumatised young person
- £40 could provide 40 hot meals for homeless users of The Glebe Centre's Night Shelter
- £100 could provide a week's emergency accommodation for a vulnerable young person
- £500 could provide a residential training course to build the confidence & skills of a young person
If you would like to donate to the YMCA Black Country, you can visit the Virgin Money Giving page below:
whg is committed to tackling homelessness locally through a host of schemes and programmes. These are detailed in the infographic below:
Find out more about the #WorldHomelessDay campaign: worldhomelessday.org