Sixty more homelessness charities receive emergency grants

Thursday, 5 November 2020 - 8:26am

A final 60 homelessness charities whose finances have been affected by the pandemic have been awarded grants from the second round of Homeless Link’s COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund.

Overall, 103 grants have been allocated, with organisations sharing a total of almost £4.3 million of funding provided by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, and Comic Relief, which raises money to support people around the world living incredibly tough lives. This Fund is now closed.

The funding is providing emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations that risked closure, service cuts or redundancies due to increased operational costs and a loss of income caused by COVID-19. It is also supporting organisations that needed to expand or adapt their services to safely support people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

A wide range of organisations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have benefited, guaranteeing and improving support for groups including people facing multiple disadvantage, women and survivors of domestic violence, homeless young people, individuals from BAME groups and people identifying as LGBT+ and other minority groups.

A full list of the grant recipients from each strand of the Fund can be found below.

Rick Henderson, Chief Executive of Homeless Link, comments: “The pandemic has hit local homelessness charities hard in many ways and yet, as always, they have risen to the challenge and continued to provide much needed support to people experiencing homelessness.

“We are delighted to have been able to offer financial support to these crucial organisations, enabling them to continue to pursue their missions at this critical time, and our sincere thanks go to The National Lottery Community Fund and Comic Relief for making this possible.”

The first round of funding from the COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund consisted of £6 million provided by The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which was shared among 133 homelessness charities on 7 June.

Winter Transformation Fund

Homeless Link is now accepting applications for a new fund – The Winter Transformation Fund. Homelessness, faith, community and voluntary sector organisations who provide winter accommodation can apply for grants to ensure that they can provide single room COVID-19 secure accommodation this year. Find out more and apply here.

The 89 National Lottery Community Fund grantees (based in England)

1625 Independent People

Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness (KCAH)

Southend YMCA

A Mile in Her Shoes

Leeds Action to Create Homes Ltd (LATCH LTD)

Spring North

Access Community Trust

Lighthouse Homes

St Paul's Hostel

Accommodation Concern

Lincolnshire YMCA Ltd

Stockport Without Abuse

Action Homeless Leicester

Lotus Sanctuary CIC

Stockton Churches Mission to the Single Homeless Ltd

Ashford Place

Making a Difference to Maidstone

Stonepillow (St. Richard of Chichester Christian Care Association)

Aspire Oxfordshire

Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH)

StopGap Supported Housing

Bench Outreach

Maninplace Estate Community Interest Company

Street Paws

Berwick Youth Project

Mary Seacole Housing Association

Street Storage

Booth Centre

Micro Rainbow CIC

The Big Issue Foundation

Bristol Hospitality Network (BHN)

Molesey Churches Night Shelter (governed by St Peter's Church, West Molesey)

The Bus Shelter MK

Caritas Anchor House

Mustard Tree

The Crossings

Carlisle Key

New Avenuses / Dartford Churches Winter Shelter

The Foxton Centre


New Hope

The Friary

Change Please Foundation


The Outside Project

Cherrytree Support Services

Northampton association for the accommodaiton of single homeless

The Porch

Derby City Mission

One Big Family - Helping the Homeless

The Wellspring

Devon and Cornwall Furniture Reuse Project Ltd

Our Lady and St Helen St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Charity

Threshold Housing Link

Emmanuel House

Park Lodge Project

Time To Change West Cumbria

Emmaus Dover

Pathways of Chesterfield

Turning Lives Around

Glass Door Homeless Charity

Peter Bedford Housing Association

Veterans Aid

Groundswell UK

Queen's Hall Action on Poverty

Veterans in Crisis CIC

Hackney Doorways

Red Supported Living CIC

Winchester Churches Nightshelter

Hope Centre


Worksop and Retford Housing Project

Hope Community Services


YMCA Crewe

Hope into Action UK


YMCA Milton Keynes

Housing Justice

Save the Family

YMCA North London

Impact Initiatives

Selig Suffolk Trust

YMCA North Staffordshire



YMCA North Tyneside

King's Arms Project




The 14 Comic Relief grantees (based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Adferiad Recovery

Cornerstone Opportunities Limited

Domestic Abuse Safety Unit North Wales

Emmaus South Wales

First Housing Aid & Support Services

Glasgow City Mission

Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers


Matthew's House (an initiative of The Hill Church)

Rowan Alba

Safer Wales

SAY Women

Scottish Veterans Residences

Welsh Housing Aid (trading as Shelter Cymru)