For those made homeless by domestic abuse, the path to stable accommodation is not easy, and often depends on the inconsistent response of local housing teams. Sadly, only a very small proportion of refuges (around 4%) are able to accept families with no access to public funds. Launched in 2013, Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid’s Safe Beds Scheme allows Local Authorities to place families quickly in refuge, including those with no recourse to public funds. This enables the charity to help women in distress who do not qualify for the normal support mechanisms put in place for victims of domestic abuse.
Beam: Beam is a platform supporting homeless people and refugees into stable jobs and homes. Through their unique crowdfunding platform, they help disadvantaged communities raise funding for job training, work tools, rental deposits, and other ﬁnancial costs related to ﬁnding a job or home. Donations come from members of the public, who get updates on the people they support and can leave messages of encouragement. Each beneﬁciary also gets a dedicated Beam caseworker to support them on their journey into a stable job or home, and helps with CV writing, interview skills, online job applications, and tenancy training.