On Tuesday this week, we welcomed representatives from Crawley Open House to St. Clare’s class assembly. May I thank you for your harvest offerings which will support the work of Crawley Open House.
Crawley Open House runs a twenty four bed hostel for homeless people. Since Crawley Open House opened in 1996, they have helped many thousands of homeless and disadvantaged people through their darkest times and back onto their feet.
The hostel has been partly funded by West Sussex County Council through a housing support contract. In 2018-19, the value of the contract is approximately £250,000, which pays for front line hostel staff twenty four hours a day, three hundred and sixty five days a year. Last year, it was estimated that over 450,000 meals were prepared for disadvantaged people.
Providing supported housing is, by definition, a way of helping vulnerable people to achieve the most basic and fundamental of needs. A need recognised by Government in its recent Homelessness Reduction Act (2018) and Rough Sleeping Strategy which aims to eliminate homelessness by 2020.
Recently, it was proposed that all existing housing related support contracts would be terminated from April 2019. Reducing their grant to zero would seem to contradict governmental aims and would have a devastating effect on the ability to meet the needs of disadvantaged people already facing overwhelming challenges.
If you would like to support Crawley Open House, or even make a donation to support their ongoing work, please see the link below: