Weʼre raising £2,500 to Fund vital work to raise awareness of the needs of women experiencing homelessness amongst services who have the power to help them.
- London, UK
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Since 2010 rough sleeping has increased by 169%, this is enormous! And is the reason why today rough sleeping is visible to all of us, on our way to work, taking our kids to school, going out for dinner, going to the shops. You see people bedded down and suffering on our streets because they have no safe place to call home. As the number of people rough sleeping has increased so to has the number of women increased. We know that whilst official figures place women as representing 12% of people sleeping rough that this is a gross underestimate.
Due to their increased vulnerabity to violence and sexual exploitation women will only sleep rough as a very last resort, many are in hidden homeless situations with no access to help and support. Many women experience years of abuse and poverty before ending up street homeless. But once on the street there is very little support for women and particularly women experiencing multiple disadvantage such as being victims of human trafficking, forced labour, mental health and addiction issues due to the traumas they have lived through. This crowd fund has been set up to fund the Fabian Women's Network to raise awareness of the needs of women experiencing homelessness amongst the services and local authorities who have the collective power to help them. With so many women’s services being cut and those that do exist being extremely stretched and unable to help women with multiple needs, services and authorities need to work together to develop support that addresses these gaps in provision. This support needs to recognise the specific needs of women and provide safe, gender and trauma informed support to help women recover from the causes and experiences of homelessness.
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I am raising money on behalf of the Fabian Society Women’s Network who will be working with Homeless Link, local authorities and other services to increase awareness of effective support for women experiencing homelessness and reduce barriers to women accessing help.
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