London Homelessness Awards 2020
Celebrating 21 Years

NOW Open for Entries

This year is the 21st anniversary of the prestigious London Homelessness Awards, and the 2020 awards are now open.  The three winners of the award will be announced in October and receive £30000, £20000 and £10000.

Although the sector is focussing on the CV-19 epidemic, we wanted to retain the opportunity to highlight the excellent work being done in both ordinary and extraordinary times.  We have simplified the application process and will be following all public health advice.

The 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 and a promotional film to develop the profile of their organisation.

The London Homelessness Awards are open to not-for-profit organisations based in London working in the field of homelessness including charities, registered social landlords, Local Authorities, NHS and health related organisations, voluntary and statutory organisations or a partnership of these agencies.

Now in their 21st year, the London Homelessness Awards have distributed over £500,000 in prize money. The ceremony at which the winning projects are announced is now a high profile event at City Hall hosted by the Deputy Mayor Tom Copley.

Last year’s winner of the first prize of £30000 was the Magpie Project, a community response to the problem of homeless families in Newham.  In the last two years the project has supported more than 300 mothers and on average the team see five new families a week.

Jane Williams works at the Magpie Project.  She said: “To win was just extraordinary. It was a massive boost for the Magpie Project.  The prize gave us confidence. Being judged by giants in the sector such as Shelter and Crisis is a big honour. But most of all, the prize raises the profile of the mums and children in temporary accommodation whose needs are unmet and voices not heard.”

The other winners, receiving £20000 and £10000 respectively were The Passage Anti-Slavery Project and North London Early Homelessness Prevention Project.

Simon Dow, Executive Chair of London Housing Foundation said: “Of course we know that just now everyone is working flat out to support homeless people through the epidemic.  But we hope to have the chance – particularly this year – to celebrate all the great work carried out by so many organisations to support and protect the vulnerable.”

On these pages you will find details about previous winners and an application form to apply for this year.  If you have any questions, please email

The London Homelessness Awards 2019 are now open for entries

Three winners will receive cash prizes of £30,000, £20,000 and £10,000 at a ceremony held at City Hall.

Who can apply?

The Awards are open to not-for-profit organisations working in London in the field of homelessness including charities, registered social landlords, council departments, London NHS and health related organisations, voluntary and statutory organisations or a partnership of these agencies.

What are the judges looking for?

Projects which take an innovative approach, can be replicated in other parts of London and improve services to homeless people or those at risk of becoming homeless.

Who sponsors the Awards?

In partnership with Crisis, Shelter, the Mayor of London and the London Housing Directors, London Housing Foundation is proud to sponsor the Awards. These have now been running for over 20 years. This year’s winners will be announced at a high profile event at City Hall in October with James Murray, Deputy Mayor, presenting the Awards.

What do I do next?

Download the application HERE. Once complete, please fill out the form below & upload your application.

Don’t miss the deadline for return of applications: 10.00am Friday 24 May 2019

If you would like an initial conversation or more details please contact

Best of Luck

Returning your application:

Please return the completed Word form via the contact form below, to arrive no later than 10.00am on Friday 24 May 2019.