Join HARP to Say It’s Time To End Street Homelessness

Join HARP to Say It’s Time To End Street Homelessness

HARP, Southend’s Homeless Charity, are calling on the citizens of Southend to join them in saying It’s Time To End Street Homelessness.

The charity has launched their new “It’s Time” campaign to rally people in the Southend area to help them to make the most of the good work done to get people off the streets during lockdown.

Jackie Bliss, HARP’s Chief Executive, said: “Amazing work has been done in Southend, in particular by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council with support from HARP and other local agencies, to get local people off the streets during lockdown and into B&Bs, with many already having moved into longer term accommodation. However, the emergency funding provided by the Government will not last forever and we need a long-term commitment by the Government to continue investing in keeping people off the streets beyond this pandemic.”

The charity is inviting people in the constituencies of Southend West and Rochford and Southend East to sign a letter to Sir David Amess MP and Mr James Duddridge MP, asking the MPs to use their influence at a national level to make a real, lasting impact on homelessness.

Jackie continued: “A return to pre-Covid levels of homelessness is unthinkable. So we need to come together as a community to do whatever we can to make sure that doesn’t happen. We know that our local MPs are sympathetic to the struggles of homelessness in the area but this needs to be turned into real action. The more names that we have on this letter, the more likely they will be to use their influence as our representatives in Parliament.”

HARP supports people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home in Southend. Providing housing and support to people staying in their 223 rooms on their journey to independent living, and giving advice and guidance to people at risk of losing their home. Homeless people in need can also visit HARP’s Bradbruy Day Centre to get food, clothing and a shower, on an appointment only basis at present, as well as practical support to help them escape the streets.

You can find out more about the campaign and add your name to the letter by visiting the website.

Photo attached: Jackie Bliss, Chief Executive of HARP, outside the charity’s Brabdury Day Centre in Southend.

Juliana Hodel
JRamosdaCostaHodel@Savs-southend.co.uk