The Mayor of London has joined forces with 18 organisations tackling homelessness – including The Big Issue Foundation – to provide extra help for rough sleepers in the capital this winter.
Sadiq Khan has formed a coalition – the London Homeless Charities Group – aimed at creating a stronger safety net for people on the streets.
A new strategy will see emergency shelters open across the capital on every day of sub-zero temperatures, ditching the previous policy of shelters opening only when three consecutive days of freezing temps are forecast.
New, permanent hubs will be set up in Hackney and Lewisham for the No Second Night Out service – a rapid response to the needs of new rough sleepers, with outreach teams heading out to offer them an alternative.
And Khan’s new coalition will also offer Londoners a single charitable donation point, with all funds generated going equally to the 18 organisations providing services for rough sleepers.
It follows a commitment by the mayor to spend £9 million every year on rough sleeping services in London and a £50 million fund to invest in accommodation so that people can move on from a cycle of dependency on hostels.