Streets2Homes

“My life now is so different, and a lot of it is to do with Streets2Homes – being around positive people, keeping myself focused on getting a job and training up to get new skills. I’m back in contact with my kids too; I’d let them down a bit but we’re building bridges now.”

East of England

Charity location

£57,302

Grant size

3 years

Funding period

Our partnership

Streets2Homes runs a drop-in centre for people experiencing homelessness in Harlow, Essex. They provide washing facilities, food and clothing but also act as a portal to the charity’s other services which include housing advice, social contact, employment advice, training sessions and wider guidance and support.

The charity’s first grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation was for £30,000, delivered between 2011 and 2014 to fund the salary of the Centre Manager. The charity has recently received an additional three-year grant.

When Bill lost his job, his mother passed away and his relationship broke down all in the same year, he turned to drugs and when he fell behind on paying rent, he was evicted from his flat. He sofa surfed but then ended up in a tent outside the local church. Streets2Homes offered Bill stability and helped him rebuild his life. He said:

“I’d lost all my ID, which made it difficult to get work. I used this address as ‘care of’ to get replacements because I didn’t have an address of my own; I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t been able to do that. But it’s the simple things too – being able to have a wash and get clean underwear and clothing and a hot meal inside of you.”

Bill is now in a flat of his own. He volunteers at Streets2Homes, where he draws on his experiences to help others. He says:

“My life now is so different and a lot of it is to do with Streets2Homes – being around positive people, keeping myself focused on getting a job and training up to get new skills. I’m back in contact with my kids too; I’d let them down a bit but we’re building bridges now.

Kerrie Eastman, CEO of Streets2Homes, believes the charity’s success helping people like Bill is rooted in its approach:

“We couldn’t do the work we do if we didn’t know the people well. Nobody else knows them – nobody else is interested, whereas we see them as friends, not a problem to solve. That influences our whole approach, which is also psychologically informed: we don’t do assessments, it’s a get-to-know-you meeting and we sit side-by-side, not across a big desk. When we visit people once they’ve been housed, we aren’t checking up on them – we genuinely want to see how they’re doing.”

In addition to the grant Streets2Homes receives from Lloyds Bank Foundation, Kerrie attended a School of Social Entrepreneurs course and has had a mentor from Lloyds Banking Group, Graham Bullock, who was a Commercial Relationship Manager when the pair were matched back in 2015. He has since retired but recently became a trustee of Streets2Homes, continuing his support of the charity. He said:

“Kerrie was so busy, and I wanted to understand whether she needed to be doing everything. It wasn’t a case of telling her what to do but establishing whether it was important for her to do everything or she could delegate to her team.”

Implementing the changes she discussed with Graham has made a big difference for Kerrie. She reflects:

“Graham helped me realise I can’t do everything. I was always treading water. I was working in the business but now I can step back and work on it. I can look at what we’re doing, where we want to go and how we want to grow and improve ourselves. Without Graham, I’d be burnt out by now.”

Graham helped me realise I can’t do everything. I was always treading water. I was working in the business but now I can step back and work on it.

Kerrie Eastman, CEO of Streets2Homes

What do we mean by Homeless and Vulnerably Housed?

People with no accommodation, living in temporary accommodation or who are vulnerably housed where there is a high risk of becoming homeless.

Our Impact on Homeless and Vulnerably Housed in 2018

40

new grants helping people experiencing homelessness

15,256

people were helped to find safe and suitable accommodation

2.6

years is the average length of our grants for Homelessness and Vulnerably Housed charities

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