The Windsor Homeless Project began following the death of a homeless man. He was found on a bench in the town. Patrick O’Leary died in Windsor from cold and lack of care. This prompted a community of people in Windsor to say…
“this must never happen again”
The Windsor Homeless Project was launched in 2009 and is a local charity that :
- Provides immediate practical support to the homeless and vulnerable
- Offers support in a respectful, compassionate and non-judgemental way
- Empowers people to rebuild their lives
- Partners with other agencies to support positive change, accommodation and a new, sustainable lifestyle
The situation today
Sadly homelessness and associated problems are getting worse and our services are needed more than ever. 2018 is the seventh year running to see an increase in this sad situation. Many people who become homeless do not show up in official figures. Research by the charity Crisis indicates that about 62% of single homeless people are hidden and may not show up in official figures. This includes people who become homeless but find a temporary solution by staying with family members or friends, living in squats or other insecure accommodation.
Why do people find themselves homeless?
The most common reasons people give for losing their accommodation is that a friend or relatives are no longer able to provide support or because of relationship breakdown. However, there are often a wide number of factors at play. Individuals can arrive at the point of homelessness after a long chain of other life events. See some of our guests’ stories here
Some factors and experiences can make people more vulnerable to homelessness: these include poor physical health, mental health problems, alcohol and drugs issues, bereavement, experience of care, and experience of the criminal justice system.