Despite the availability of homelessness support services in Croydon, the borough has some of the highest levels of rough sleeping in London.
In response to this we launched CR Zero 2020 which is the first example in the UK of the local community, faith-based groups, statutory services, local businesses, concerned citizens and third sector providers working together to find the solutions to ending chronic rough sleeping. We believe that by bringing together this unique diversity of experience, insight and resource, we can be more effective at finding innovative solutions.
CR Zero 2020 is part of a European-wide initiative, developed by BSHF and FEANTSA, to end chronic rough sleeping across Europe by 2020. The campaign is delivered in partnership with Crisis, Expert Link, Homeless Link, Thames Reach, faith-based groups and endorsed by Croydon Council.
CR Zero 2020 is unique because it works on the principle that rough sleeping effects entire communities; the community has both the responsibility and resources to end it. It seeks to influence system wide change across many sectors, including health, housing, criminal justice and education.
We believe that by working together with the community we can end chronic rough sleeping in Croydon by 2020.