See Hopestead Place come to life! 

Hopestead Place is our project with @emmaus_suffolk and @new_meaning_foundation to open two modular homes to accommodation for people transitioning out of homelessness, and it’s the very first project completed under our Building Hope initiative!

Building Hope is about providing bed spaces and/or additional accommodation for those experiencing homelessness in the East of England and we’re really proud to have worked with Emmaus and NMF on this project. 

Huge thanks too to @trettfilms for producing this video and really capturing these homes as they come to life, highlighting the project’s importance and social impact in the words of Claire Staddon (CEO, Emmaus Suffolk) and John Evans (CEO, New Meaning Foundation).

We’re hoping the homes will welcome their first tenants soon – stay tuned! 

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Does this look like a lifestyle choice?

We could not disagree more strongly with the recent statements by the Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, in which she expressed that the use of tents as shelter by people experiencing homelessness was a “lifestyle choice”. This came alongside plans to criminalise the use of tents by rough sleepers. 

No-one chooses to experience homelessness.

We’re glad to see that these proposals did not make up part of the King’s Speech today, because criminalising the use of tents by rough sleepers wouldn’t solve the problem. The Home Office has said that they want “…communities to feel safe and secure” and the way to do that is not to turn people who are trying to survive into criminals.

We join the call from homelessness charities and organisations across the UK for the government to follow through on its pledge to end rough sleeping – the proposal to criminalise it was never the right answer, but there needs to be a robust plan to solve it. 

Because access to a safe place to call home is a basic human right.

#hopestead #endhomelessness #roughsleeping #housing