2018 awards winners announced!

Three projects make it to the top for prestigious 2018 awards

Three projects from across London have been named as winners for the prestigious London Homelessness Awards. They will now receive cash prizes totalling £60000.

The London Homelessness Awards are sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, London Housing Directors, GLA, Crisis and Shelter. Organisers received over 35 applications for the awards and after visiting six shortlisted projects, the judges chose three as winners. They are in alphabetical order:

BEAM members portal:
an innovative project using crowdfunding to help homeless people access training;

Safer London Pan-London Housing Reciprocal:
a partnership project enabling those fleeing violence to move across London and not lose their tenancy

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Thames Reach – Psychology in Hostels project;
a project bringing a therapeutic environment into hostels

Three further projects were commended:

• Brent Single Homeless Prevention Service

• Cambridge House Safer Renting

• Croydon Gateway, Community Connect and Food Stop

The order of the top three, and the allocation of the prize money (£30000, £20000 and £10000), will be revealed at a very special event at City Hall on 18th October, with the prizes presented by James Murray, Deputy Mayor.

Simon Dow chaired the judging panel for the London Homelessness Awards. He said:

“All six projects would have been worthy winners. In the end after much discussion and debate the judges chose these three to be our winners this year. The winners are a project which uses crowd funding to help homeless people, another that brings local authorities and housing associations together in a partnership to help victims of serious crime and another that uses specialist NHS resources to break the cycle of deprivation in short term accommodation for former rough sleepers. Together these winning projects show just how much homelessness services are changing in London.”

For more information, pictures or interviews please contact Mark Wall mark@markwall.co.uk 0790 999 3278

Press Release

The prestigious London Homelessness Awards 2018 open on Monday 9th April. The three winners of the award will be announced in October and receive £30000, £20000 and £10000.

The London Homelessness Awards are the country’s leading homelessness awards and highlight innovative practice in the homelessness sector in London. As well as the cash, the winning projects receive professional support to publicise their work and develop the profile of their organisation.

The awards are open to all projects in London working in homelessness including those from the voluntary sector, local authorities, public sector organisations or registered social landlords.

Last year’s winners was Project Vista, a project run jointly by New Horizons Youth Centre and Network Homes. This project works with young people to help them get into housing while they receive support to gain employment.

The other winners, receiving £20000 and £10000 respectively were the Resettlement Team at Prisoners Abroad and The London Borough of Southwark’s Homelessness Trailblazer project.

Simon Dow is the Executive Chair of the London Housing Foundation. He said “Every year there are new ideas to combat homelessness and these awards are simply about recognising these projects.”

The London Homelessness Awards are sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, Crisis, Shelter, the Mayor of London and the London Housing Directors.

To watch a film about the 2017 award winners and find out more details about how to enter this year’s awards, please go to www.lhawards.org.uk

Celebrating London-based projects that improve services to homeless people

The London Homelessness Awards are unique and recognise the creativity and imagination that agencies can bring to services for homeless people.

The awards are open to all projects in London working in the field of homelessness. This includes registered social landlords, local councils, London NHS and health related organisations, voluntary organisations, or a partnership of any of these. The only stipulation is that your project must have been operating and delivering services for a minimum of six months.

Who can enter the awards?

Projects must be London-based and either improve services to homeless people, prevent homelessness or tackle disadvantage caused by homelessness.

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Winners and Commended Projects of 2017

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1st PrizeNetwork Homes & New Horizon Youth Centre: Project Vista
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2nd PrizePrisoners Abroad Resettlement Service
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3rd PrizeSouthwark Council’s Homelessness Trailblazer Pilot