A combination of the economic downturn, rising joblessness and soaring demand for limited affordable housing forces many people into unintentional homelessness each year.
The statistics paint a depressing picture: in 2011, 69,460 children were living in homeless households, the number of households who were classified as homeless after repossession rose by 44%, and in the last three months of the year, 12,830 households were accepted as homeless, an increase of 18%.
With 3,460 homeless people falling within this category in London alone, it’s clear to see that more needs to be done to help get people off the streets and back into homes.
A London estate agency is helping to do its bit, announcing plans to donate 25% of its March income from lettings to the Estate Agency Foundation (EAF).
Paramount properties, estate and letting agents in North West London planned new initiative will generate thousands of pounds for the EAF’s fundraising campaign which hopes to raise £250,000 in 2013 to help other charities eliminate homelessness.
The money raised from the agency’s latest fundraising drive will be distributed to organisations such as Centre Point, Thames Reach, Trinity Winchester, Hope 4 and DHYP. Last year the company rasied over £7,000 by organising a staff skydive.
With 130,000 households across the UK officially recognised as homeless, there is a lot the industry can do to try and help eliminate the causes of homelessness. It’s great to see local London businesses getting on board for a national cause.