Projects We Support

Streets of London (registered charity number 1155242) funds projects where the money will make a real difference to the lives of homeless people in London.

There are many great charities across the capital that provide daily support to homeless people, but because only a few of them are well known, many struggle to secure the funding they need.

We make sure that your money gets to where it will have a real impact, funding some amazing projects at some great smaller charities that offer direct support.

Using our knowledge and experience of the sector, we identify projects where the funding will make a real difference, providing homeless people with the support they need to get back on their feet and empowering them to make lasting changes in their lives.

Streets of London is delighted to announce a new series of grants totalling £150,000 to ten amazing projects across London that offer life-changing support to people experiencing homelessness.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, since 2015 Streets of London has provided more than £900,000 of vital funding to the homeless sector in London. Below is some information about each of the fantastic projects funded this year and the important work they do.


Street Outreach (£15,000 grant)

At the point of crisis when someone becomes street homeless, it may not be immediately obvious where they can turn for help. Outreach teams get help to people where they are, going out and about late at night and early in the morning to locate people sleeping rough on the streets and offer them support.

The teams run by SPEAR in south-west London offer immediate crisis support such as providing warm clothes, and help people to access day centres for showers and hot meals, as well as longer-term support around other things including housing. This help can be life-saving, particularly in times of extreme temperatures.

For some people the transition away from life on the streets is a long and difficult one, but specialist teams can provide intensive support, gradually building trust and developing an individual relationship with each person, helping them to find their path out of homelessness.

Rough Sleepers’ Space (£15,000 grant)

Immediate priorities for someone sleeping rough include finding food to eat, clothes, warmth and safety, and healthcare; particularly after a night spent out on the streets.

The Spires Centre in Streatham runs a day centre service every weekday morning for rough sleepers - a welcoming and safe space where they can have a hot breakfast (which may be their only meal of the day), have others needs met and receive one-to-one support that aims to help them break the cycle of homelessness.

Many people who are homeless experience loneliness, isolation and social exclusion, so being made to feel welcome is hugely important. Support offered includes helping people to access accommodation, job-related training, also treatment services (such as for mental health, alcohol and/or substance addiction), as well as building skills and resilience.

Drop-in Support (£15,000 grant)

The morning drop-in service at Barons Court Project provides for people’s immediate physical needs, offering food, clothing, toiletries and showers, in an inclusive and friendly environment.

Staff work to develop trusting relationships with those who visit, helping them to feel part of a community, and working with them on an individual basis to address the underlying causes of their homelessness. They are directed towards other services as needed, and also invited to join in group classes and activities there. The aim is to address the needs of the whole person, and develop their ability to confidently manage their own circumstances and wellbeing.

Housing Support & Tenancy Sustainment (£15,000 grant)

The move into independent living can be an overwhelming process for someone who has been sleeping rough, involving setting up utilities, finding furniture, establishing a relationship with a landlord, accessing benefits, and financial management.

This service - run by Homeless Action in Barnet - helps people look for accommodation and then supports them through the moving-in process and with some of the challenges of setting up a home and living independently (such as paying bills, budgeting and cooking).

Once the person has moved in, they help them to integrate into their local community, by connecting them with local groups and volunteering opportunities, to help them develop a social network. New tenants are gradually encouraged to develop their independence, so that after a period of time – though able to access ongoing support – they have the confidence to do more things for themselves and begin to make a fresh start.

Addiction Recovery (£15,000 grant)

Addiction can be hugely destructive. Almost a third of people sleeping rough in London have alcohol support needs and roughly the same proportion have substance addiction. Together, these things account for roughly half of the homeless deaths in the capital.

Acorn House – a hostel in Shoreditch run by Spitalfields Crypt Trust - offers its residents a safe and supportive place to come and recover from addiction, and leave behind chaotic lives where many of them have suffered through homelessness, trauma and/or mental health issues.

The hostel’s counselling team delivers intensive addiction and trauma therapy, and there are opportunities for developing skills and training, as well as creative outlets. Residents receive support with everything from social skills to housing and financial management, aiming to move from in supported housing, and eventually on to living independently and free from addiction. Most residents stay 6-9 months and leave sober, housed and with a sense of possibility and hope for the future.

Developing Skills and Opportunities (£15,000 grant)

For many people, a paid job is one of the most reliable routes out of homelessness. As well as earning money they can live on, people feel useful by being back in the workplace and can quickly regain their sense of self-worth, as well as gaining a social network.

Getting to that point can be a long journey for some people though. There can be practical issues such as lack of permanent address, clean clothes and access to phone and internet; personal barriers such as mental health issues, addiction, lack of confidence; as well as a need for developing skills.

The Connection at St Martin’s provides an opportunities and skills programme where a career coach works one-to-one with clients, developing trusting relationships to help them fulfil their aspirations, whether that’s getting into work or volunteering somewhere, or developing their knowledge and/or skills though education and training.

Support includes help with preparing a CV and online job-searching, as well as smart clothes, travel costs and interview coaching, replacing lost/stolen ID and paying for any necessary certificates/skills training, then continued support when the person starts work.

English Language Tuition (£15,000 grant)

When someone is homeless and doesn’t speak English, it can be a major barrier for them. Improving their communication skills is an essential part of helping the enhance their employability and integration into society. At Shelter from the Storm - a 36-bed emergency night shelter that provides all-round support - guests can receive free one-to-one support to improve their spoken and written language.

Tuition is tailored to a person’s individual needs, whether they need help with everyday activities like shopping, or more specialist vocabulary for work. Improving their English language skills is beneficial for guests’ confidence and self-esteem, and can make a huge difference to their ability to find work, access healthcare, and to develop relationships and feel a sense of inclusion and belonging, which is so essential to wellbeing.

Support for Homeless Women (£15,000 grant)

Women who are homeless or at risk of becoming so are often very vulnerable, and many feel unsafe accessing predominantly male homelessness services. Many are escaping domestic abuse, and then risk further violence on the streets (where three in ten female rough sleepers become victims of sexual violence at some point while homeless).

The Sanctuary for women at the Marylebone Project provides a 24/7 service where women can come in off the streets at any time. They can access practical facilities like showers, laundry and food banks; as well as training and education services, help finding accommodation, and wellbeing classes. They are offered one-to-one advice services and guidance on accessing other support they may need. It is a place where they can feel safe, access help, and feel empowered to create a new life for themselves.

Hospital Discharge Support (£15,000 grant)

For most of us, if we have been in hospital for an operation and are ready to be discharged, we can take it for granted that we will be able to recover in the safety and comfort of our own home. When someone doesn’t have a home to go to, leaving hospital can be a very vulnerable time when they are at significant risk of ending up back on the streets, where they would face the prospect of having to recover under very tough circumstances.

Providence Row’s Routes to Roots programme works closely with hospitals and vulnerable clients to make sure that when someone is discharged from the hospital they are supported into accommodation, providing them with a safe, secure and healthy environment in which they can recover and then in due course begin to rebuild their lives.

Storage project (£15,000 grant)

When you’re travelling, having to carry large bags around with you can be quite a burden, even if it’s only for a few hours. For someone who is homeless, they will often have to do this for days at a time. Having to keep all their possessions with them at all times can be very limiting. Not only is there the physical burden and mental strain, but it is something that immediately identifies them out as homeless, plus there is the risk of having their things stolen (someone who is homeless is nearly 50 times as likely to become a victim of theft).

Street Storage provides a safe place for people to keep their possessions, allowing them to be free from the stigma that often follows them, making it easier for them to access services, and go to interviews and other appointments. Being able to safely leave their things behind can make a big difference to how they feel about themselves, and for some is an important first step towards making the changes needed to get off the street.

A huge thank you to our supporters, without whose generosity none of this would be possible.

With the right support, people who have experienced homelessness can turn their lives around. Streets of London raises money that goes directly to projects that are changing lives every day, helping ensure that people who are homeless are able to get the support they need. The issues they face are often complex, but attention to their individual situations and needs can make all the difference in helping them move off the streets and move on with their lives.

If you would like to support our work, please click HERE to make a donation today.

Thank you!








Previous Streets of London-funded projects include:

  • Night shelter - offering respite from the streets for vulnerable rough sleepers; a bed for the night, an evening and morning meal, and access to one-to-one housing and benefits support

  • Mental health support - providing proper assessment and support for homeless people suffering from mental health difficulties

  • Gardening, hospitality and baking trainee schemes - work training programmes providing the opportunity to develop practical skills and gain qualifications
  • Step Up volunteering project - in-house volunteering programme providing homeless people who may not yet be ready for external work with an opportunity for meaningful occupation and the chance to develop new skills and re-build confidence

  • Catering training programme - giving homeless people the skills and work experience to pursue a new career in catering

  • Mentoring and befriending programme - supporting people's transition into paid employment with a one-to-one mentoring relationship, to help them adjust to and sustain their new job

  • Participation and progression programme - trains and supports people with experience of homelessness to become volunteers in the sector, developing new research to inform the homeless sector’s policy development, and accompanying people who are currently homeless to hospital appointments

  • Digital inclusion – providing internet access so people experiencing homelessness can apply for jobs, housing, benefits, book appointments, connect and communicate with others, and develop new skills

  • Life skills and language for homeless young people - support in developing practical life-skills such as cooking, shopping, home and financial management, plus English language lessons where required

  • Migrant support project - offering free advice and guidance to help people establish their immigration status and find a way off the street

  • Creating a communal space - refurbishing a day centre,  providing a welcoming environment where people who have been marginalised can engage with others and learn new skills

  • Covid funding - special grants to keep homelessness services running during the pandemic




Meet a few of the people helped by Streets of London projects:



Will was suffering from chronic liver disease due to continued and progressive alcohol use. Prior to his arrival at Acorn House, he had been living in a homeless shelter following a period of hospitalisation. Will had not been in treatment before and struggled at first in the group work sessions, as he had social anxiety and deeply held anger issues which manifested in conflicts with his peers.

He was diagnosed in his time at the hostel with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of an abusive and turbulent childhood. However, he thrived in the one-to-one sessions, which he used to talk through his issues and discuss ways in which he could improve his relationships with others. This allowed him to get on much better with the other residents, slowly letting them get to know the ‘real’ him.

By the time Will was ready to move on, he had accrued one year’s sobriety, was working voluntarily in the restoration station (one of the charity’s social enterprises), was attending Alcoholics Anonymous regularly and had built a strong support network.

He is now living in a move-on house and is going from strength to strength. He is currently training to be a chef and works a few days each week in a restaurant which he thoroughly enjoys. Will has also rebuilt and repaired fractured relationships with his siblings, and is overall very positive about his future, and what may come. He has said that he has never felt happier in his entire life.

“The difference is unbelievable, you know, when I went in there, I didn't want to live. If I had the guts to kill myself, I would have. You know, I weighed about eight and half stone. When I went out of there, I felt confident about my life, hopeful about my life. Yeah. it's changed my life. Saved my life, 100%”.

[NB: name changed and stock photo used, to protect identity]



When Barry found out his wife had cancer, he tried everything to save her, but in vain. After a struggle that lasted several years, she died, leaving him not only broken-hearted but also completely broken. He had sold their house to pay for extra care and treatment for his wife and when she died he was left with debts, a terrible depression and lots of health issues.

After a while he decided to come to London to seek a new beginning. When Barry first came to The Upper Room’s Hub for the Homeless, he was really struggling but determined to move on. They supported his efforts, providing him with food each day, also helping him to get a national insurance number, a construction skills qualification and to look for work.

He soon found a job and was doing well until the coronavirus pandemic hit, when he lost this job and found himself homeless again. Someone he knew let him sleep in a car for a while. Soon thereafter, The Upper Room helped him to find some new accommodation, bought him some basic cooking equipment and referred him for regular food bank deliveries.

Barry is happy and very grateful that he is now somewhere safe. He is hoping life will get back to normal soon, and that he might be able to see his two sons again one day.

“No-one ever helped me or did anything for me for free, so I couldn’t believe there were places like this and people like you!”



Sat became homeless after his marriage broke down. He says:

“When you’re sleeping rough you don’t think straight. I never begged, borrowed, stole or did drugs. But I started drinking heavily. You lose everything. You lose your hygiene, you lose your brain. I lost my job, I lost my things in storage, and I missed my mum’s funeral. I was beaten up three times. I was robbed 13 times. My radio got stolen - that broke my heart. StreetLink referred me to Branches. It was like Premier Lodge! Branches helps to build you up. For the first time, I could have a proper wash. I saw a dentist, a GP, a chiropodist for my feet, a barber. Hot meals. Then they helped me with my benefits. I did all the courses. I learnt how to cook toad in the hole, and shepherd’s pie. I volunteered with them to collect donations for the hostel.”

Sat is no longer living there but they continue to support him:

“I have been clean for seven months now because of them. I used to attend the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings there every week, but then coronavirus and lockdown happened.  Because we weren’t allowed to come close to other people, not even my GP, I had a breakdown in mid-July. I have depression and anxiety and I don’t want to be alone at home. I come to the hostel to play pool, have a sandwich and a nice cup of tea. They call me Uncle Sat. I’m here to help other people not to go through what I went through. I used to be embarrassed but I’m not anymore because Branches made me stronger. It is a lifeline for me.”



James had a long history of emotional and physical abuse and severe neglect. He was seventeen when he arrived at the Cardinal Hume Centre. During his initial assessment, James said he felt anxious, angry and depressed. He displayed signs of low self-esteem and poor personal hygiene.

During the first months of his stay, James isolated himself from the staff and the other residents. He actively avoided engagement other than the required meetings with his key worker. He was isolated and hardly ventured out of his room during the day. On inspection of his living space, it was clear that James was not coping. His room was extremely messy and his personal hygiene had deteriorated further.

Concerned for his deteriorating physical, mental and emotional health, James’s key-worker and life skills worker made a robust new support plan, with James agreeing to meet weekly with both workers. Sensitively, the most pressing issues of personal care were addressed first. James was given toiletries, washing powder and clean bed linen.

During regular meetings, cooking sessions and shopping trips, James became more open to discussing relationships within his family and the impact that these have had on him and he became more open to them helping him with the practical issues he’d been struggling with.

James is now looking after his room and his personal care has improved significantly. He no longer has to be coaxed out of his room, he is now always early for meetings or activities and participates fully. He is more interested in other aspects of his life and is accepting help. James hopes to get into employment and move on. He is aware of what he needs to do and is taking significant steps in the right direction.

“I wasn’t looking after myself. I struggled with people trying to help. I withdrew and became anxious. I isolated myself. Not used to the happiness and people being interested in me, I mistrusted everyone. I didn’t want to see anyone, I was very defensive. I wanted to change but struggled, because I was always surrounded by negative influences.

I really value the time and help with structure.”



Anthony, who had experienced problems with drugs and been in and out of prison, found himself homeless and sofa surfing. He ended up staying with his niece, but he began to feel himself to be a burden and so left. He slept in an electrical cupboard before making his way to the Spires centre. Through their Rough Sleeper’s Space, his support worker Shirley helped him to find accommodation within a few days. He’s continued to receive support from Spires, such as training in budgeting, which has helped him sustain his accommodation, and he is still living in the same place. He now volunteers at Spires and is in training to become a support worker himself.

“Volunteering is  a  way  for  me  to  say  thank  you  and  to  give  something  back. I plan  to  complete  a  support  worker  course  as  that  is  now  my  ambition.”



Bobo had been homeless, but even after finding some accommodation he was struggling; he wasn’t engaged in much outside activity, and he was lonely, unhappy and drinking quite a bit. He joined the bakery training scheme at Providence Row, despite having never baked before in his life, and picked up some of the skills quickly. He has gone on to gain a Level 2 accreditation in Food Hygiene, and also now mentors other bakery trainees. Additionally, he has been getting involved in other activities such as IT classes and the Gardening Training Scheme. Taking part has not only helped Bobo develop practical and transferable skills, but also to regain his confidence and mental well-being, and he has been drinking less since getting involved. He is now looking to find work in his former field of security and feeling much more positive about his future.

“It’s putting  me  back  to  normal,  where  I  was  supposed  to  be…and  now  I’m  feeling  better.  Mentally, physically, I’m okay.  I’ve  got  something  every  Wednesday,  Friday,  I  have  to  go  do  something,  something  that  I  like.”



After experiencing homelessness, Dennis knew what it was to feel a real lack of self-worth and confidence. He began taking part in the Step Up volunteering programme at Connection at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and has held a number of roles through the programme, such as serving as a first point of contact for new clients at the centre, supporting fundraising events, and participating in interview panels for new staff. Each role brought different challenges that supported his personal development, but most importantly helped him to rebuild his sense of worth. He is now living independently, and encourages other clients at the centre to get involved, knowing the difference that it made for him in discovering his talents and strengths.

“I have  been  there  in  the  depths  of  despair  and  I  felt  that  I  would  be  good  for  nothing.  Now  I  am  trusted,  empowered  – a  voice  that  is  listened  to.  My  confidence  helps  other  homeless  people  to  the  point  that  some  even  think  of  me  as  a  friend/confidante.  There is no better feeling.”



Chris, 59, had a background as a mechanical engineer but had not been in work for more than ten years. He suffered from memory loss, as well as depression. Through the Jobs Club at C4WS, he expressed an interest in construction work, and was able to take part in a practical course and was also matched with a mentor. The new skills he has developed through the course and the positive relationship he developed with his mentor have changed things for him dramatically. He is now going on to work towards a construction certificate and is also volunteering supporting other guests at C4WS. Although the six month mentoring scheme has ended, he and his mentor have remained friends, and Chris says that he no longer feels worthless for the first time in a long time.

“The course was life-saving.  Getting  to  know  new  skills  which  I  am  still  learning  now  through  painting  and  decorating,  brick-laying,  plastering  and  rendering – it  saved  my  life – fantastic! And [my mentor] is like my best friend…I mean that.”



Life at home for Abu, 19, was troubled; some traumatic experiences led to difficult relationships between family members, and Abu was eventually asked to leave home. He found himself homeless. He began attending New Horizon Youth Centre and got involved with a number of the services there, such as the centre’s independent living skills workshops and Employment, Education and Training work. He started building up work experience, developing his CV and looking for jobs. However, his unstable living situation made securing employment difficult. When a place opened up in the charity’s own accommodation, though, Abu was able to move in. He received support from them with learning to cook and pay bills, and managing his benefits. He also found a support network in his new housemates. Learning to live independently in his new home, he was able to focus his energy on finding work, and after a very competitive process he has now secured a prestigious apprenticeship in business administration, which he hopes will lead to a career.

“I can’t put in words how important having my own space is. Now I have somewhere to call my own!”


*Please note, in some cases names have been changed and photographs of different people used, to protect individuals’ privacy.*

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