In August 2016 a number of organisations and individuals got together to make a plan to get Homeless people off the streets before the winter of 2016. It is now 2017 and very cold.
We met with property owners, investors, Birmingham City Council, local developers and Local Businesses who have listened to our plight and the good will is mind-blowing.
Other property owners have donated property and so far from the gifts we have received we now have 27 fully refurbished fully furnished Units in the areas of Birmingham, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton. We are currently working to secure properties in Dudley.
Those who know about property will know about the barriers affecting shortstay accommodation due to the various Terms of Lease which can often prevent more landlords participating.
We are looking to raise £6,000,000 in 2017, either in Bank Guarantees, various Financial Instruments, cash, gifts, loans or kind to purchase or build 2 Blocks of 39 - 50 apartments. Block 1 to consist of 1,2 & 3 bedroom apartments for families with Children and Block 2 with A support team to train, coach and monitor those who are homeless with issues such as alcohol and drugs. Its a tall order, but someone has got to do it.
So far we have raised £3,000,000 (Letter of Intent) from a company whose Corporate Social Responsibility is at the heart of their very existence. We will use this to match fund the purchase 2 blocks of 50 apartments each. Please note that this Company is owned by a Local Charity which we are working in partnership to deliver this services (currently under new management). The UK is a wealthy country. There is no need for anyone to be on the streets. Food, Clothes and Shelter is a Right and not a privilege.
Our aim is to provide High end, clean, hygienic living conditions, providing linen, pots & pans cutlery, crockery, wifi, car parking and storage facilities.
Homelessness conjures up images in the mind of Grot and Filth. This is not always the case. We have families who have lived in beautiful homes, had access to money and a good lifestyle who have suddenly hit on hard times due to loss of earnings. We are here to tell you that once a homeless person stays with us, they day they enter these facilities, they sign up to a Plan of Action for Change and will attend all the courses and programmes of activities to get them back on their feet.
Birmingham City Council is in FULL support of this project and we are currently working together to put resources in place to deal with the Homeless Issue in the City. One of our Flagship Priorities is our HOSPITAL BED UNBLOCKING PILOT PROJECT.
We need 500 units over a 5 year period. The target for 2017 is 100 hundred homes or apartments owned outright so that the occupants who were once homeless are not at risk of being homeless again because :-
1. Landlord got into trouble with his mortgage
2. The bank is foreclosing on them because they have gone bankrupt or
3. A property owner has passed away and Probate have called in his or her Assets to be sold.
4. Loss of income
5. Breakdown in relationships
Please visit our investment page to see if you can help us in any way.
"Community Shelter Emergency Accommodation is supported by the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund. The programme is helping us learn the appropriate skills to deliver this project to the highest possible standards countrywide."