A new report published this week (Wednesday 8th November) states that more than 300,000 people are considered homeless in the UK.
The figures, released in a report by housing charity Shelter, show that at least 500 of those people are street homeless in Lincolnshire.
South Kesteven had the highest rates of homelessness in the county at 208 people. East Lindsey was next with 115 classed as homeless, with North Kesteven just under the 100 mark at 97 homeless people. In the City of Lincoln 80 people were recorded homeless.
Dean Bell, from The Nomad Trust, said: “We experience homelessness in our day-to-day work, but the figures revealed in Shelter’s report are particularly shocking. What’s worse is that they don’t include the “hidden homeless” who may be sofa-surfing or staying with a friend to avoid sleeping on the streets.”
Shelter’s report, Far From Alone, included data on those rough-sleeping, in temporary accommodation and social services. They found that the number of homeless people in the East Midlands has increased by a staggering 19% since last year.
Mr Bell added: “Last year alone The Nomad Trust supported almost 300 people with a connection to Lincoln. What we are aiming to do to decrease that number, is to provide a sustainable solution to this ever growing crisis in the shape of a new day centre in Lincoln.
“Polly Neate [Chief Executive at Shelter], has highlighted that increased and ongoing support is vital, and our hope is that the new day centre will offer care, vital services, and most importantly, a safe place for those who find themselves without a home and in need of help.”
The Nomad Trust, which is part of YMCA Lincolnshire, aims to convert the current YMCA gym on St Rumbold’s Street into a new 24/7 centre, providing safe space where the most vulnerable people in the community can receive help and support in the form of training facilities and a clinical room, plus a kitchen and common room.
If you’re interested in fundraising for The Nomad Trust’s capital appeal, or would like to donate you can do so in a number of ways. YMCA Lincolnshire is holding its annual sleep out, Sleep Easy, at Lincoln Cathedral next year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To make a direct donation to The Nomad Trust’s capital appeal, visit: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/lincolnshireymca/thenomadtrust/