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No One Deserves To Be Homeless Or Hungry This Christmas

December 15, 2016

Action Homeless has launched its Christmas Crisis Project to ensure that no one in the City or County will be forced to sleep rough or go without food over the Christmas period. Recent figures reveal that homelessness is on the rise with a study by Shelter revealing that 250,000 people are without a home or permanent place of residence.[1] As the nights become colder, it is imperative that action is taken to ensure no one is hungry or without shelter this winter.

Action Homeless is working with the City Council, District Council and other voluntary groups, to ensure that there is adequate provision for those at risk of sleeping rough. The project offers emergency beds at our crisis hostel Mayfield House, along with food, wash facilities, clothing and medical assistance (if required). The project is in conjunction with ‘No Second Night Out’, a partnership scheme with Street Link providing emergency bed spaces for rough sleepers. If you think you may have seen a rough sleeper, please contact Street Link on 0300 500 0914, via their mobile app or by visiting their website: http://www.streetlink.org.uk/

Action Homeless will also continue to run the Food Stop throughout Christmas. The ‘Stop’ is run by Action Homeless on behalf of Leicester City Council and was set up to provide emergency food to people in need. The Food Stop, which is located in the Malcolm Arcade will be open throughout Christmas and the New Year. It is open every weekday from 1.00pm – 4.30pm. Referrals can be made via the Leicester City Council Community Support Grant service.

Donations can be made online or by cheque. Please send all cheques to: Action Homeless, Ridgeway House, Little Hill, Newton Lane, Wigston, LE18 3SE

[1] Figures from Shelter sourced on BBC News Website, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38157410

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