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Action On Empty Homes Winter Campaign

November 30, 2016

Everyone deserves a place to call home. But too many people in Leicester and Leicestershire aren’t getting the shelter or support they need and will have nowhere to call home this Christmas. You can help change that. By supporting the ‘Action On Empty Homes’ campaign, you can help provide the independence needed to allow these individuals to rebuild their lives.

Action Homeless are appealing for donations for the ‘Action On Empty Homes’ campaign to help bring empty properties back to life during 2016 and 2017. There are more than 10,000 families on the Council’s housing waiting list yet estimates show there are over 5,000 empty properties across Leicester and Leicestershire.[1]

Over the past 2 years Action Homeless has renovated 7 empty properties providing essential housing for families and individuals. However, we need your help to raise £30,000 to renovate and convert 4 more empty properties into homes. Your sponsorship will help provide safe, supported accommodation for approximately 16 people at severe risk of homelessness.

Last year Samuel, his partner and their two young children became homeless. Ben also became homeless following a relationship breakdown. He soon met Gemma and started a family. Thanks to the ‘Action On Empty Homes’ campaign, both families were given a property of their own just in time for Christmas.

Mark Grant, Chief Executive of Action Homeless commented ‘’we are being approached by more and more people every day who, through no fault of their own, are finding themselves unable to afford to put a roof over their heads.’’ Mark Grant continues, ‘’Through the ‘Action On Empty Homes’ scheme I had one most rewarding experiences of my career when Action Homeless was able to give a family and their newborn baby a home for Christmas.’’

Donations can be made online or by cheque and sent to Action Homeless, Ridgeway House, Little Hill, Newton Lane, Wigston, LE18 3SE

[1] Figures Compiled from Local Authorities by the DCLG. Live tables on dwelling stock (including vacants) – Statistical data sets – GOV.UK

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