Everybody should have a place to live
In 21st century Britain, everybody should have a place to live. Other parts of the world are taking huge strides towards ending homelessness, and we have the ability to do the same here in Britain. Together we must make sure that homelessness is a thing of the past.
Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive
In 21st century Britain, everybody should have a place to live. When we have a place to call our own, we have the best chance of being healthy, living a fulfilling life and feeling part of society.
More than 170,000 families and individuals across Britain are without this most basic human need – a home. They are stuck in crowded and unsafe places, in hostels and night shelters, sleeping on people’s sofas and kitchen floors, or in cars, night buses, tents or even out on the streets. It doesn’t need to be this way.
I am proud that our Skylight services have once again helped thousands of people on their journeys out of homelessness for good. By supporting people to find and sustain a home, to obtain employment or the skills and qualifications that will help them get and keep a job, and to build their personal health, wellbeing and networks of support, we are ensuring that they can move away from homelessness and move on with their lives.
At the end of our 50th anniversary year, we published Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain. This plan is the culmination of a year’s work analysing evidence from at home and abroad to show how we can end homelessness in 10 years. For the first time ever, we have a comprehensive plan that shows how we can address the root causes of homelessness.
It’s our role to do as much as we can through our own services, and work with the sector and governments in England, Scotland and Wales to create change. Together we must persuade governments not to simply accept that homelessness happens,but to make sure that one day soon homelessness is a thing of the past.
Now we are armed with the solutions to end homelessness for good and we embark on our new strategy. It’s ambitious, but we must be. We cannot sit back and accept homelessness in 21st century Britain. Together, we will end it.
Steve Holliday, Chair of Trustees
Over the last five years, out of necessity we have grown our organisation and our ability to support people. At the same time we believe we have enhanced our credibility and our reputation.
We are determined that the next five years is about focusing all our efforts on lasting change, through supporting people out of homelessness for good and securing the policy changes needed.
In every Crisis Skylight, we will build on current success and expertise to truly end homelessness for as many people as we can.
Through our campaigning and policy work we will focus on the areas that will have the greatest impact on ending homelessness.Our top priority will be creating reforms that prevent homelessness.
To achieve this strategy, collaboration is paramount. We will continue to work closely with partners and colleagues across the homelessness sector and beyond.
We will work with politicians from all parties to make sure governments in England, Scotland and Wales prioritise ending and preventing homelessness
Above all, and crucial to our success, is that everything we do will always be informed by the experiences and insights of people with lived experience of homelessness.
We are extremely grateful to the thousands of people who support Crisis every year, who generously give their time, money and voice to show that will we not accept homelessness in 21st century Britain.
By joining forces in every we can, together we have the knowledge, solutions and power to end homelessness in Britain for good.
Find out more about our strategy for 2018-23 and read our Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18. You can download a printable version of this report.