WARMING UP THE HOMELESS

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)

Homelessness is an immense issue, and sadly one that is often swept under the carpet.   WUTH is a registered charity helping the homeless of Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill and Eastbourne.   Their aim is to change the face of homelessness by ensuring those on the street have enough food clothing, support and essential information to survive. The word survival is no exaggeration, as in 2019 eighty eight homeless people died in the South East, and an achievement of WUTH, is that in a 3 day period, no homeless person died in the area they cover.

The definition of homelessness means not having a home. You are homeless if you have nowhere to stay and are living on the streets, but you can also be homeless even if you have a roof over your head: if you are staying with friends or family, staying in a hostel, night shelter, B&B, Women’s Refuge, in emergency accommodation, in a squat, sofa surfing, living somewhere temporarily without a tenancy agreement, at risk of violence or abuse in your home, living in poor conditions that affect your health, living apart from your family because you don’t have a place to live together or living in a car or tent. Homelessness also means if living in a houseboat with no legal means to moor it, or a caravan or mobile home but have no means to legally park it.

As the two Churches, we contribute to Warming Up The Homeless, and to see more details of their work, then please view it HERE.

And you can see the result of the success of WUTH HERE.


The results of the outreach of WUTH are below.
Without the efforts, sacrifices and sheer hard work, of WUTH, many of those people would easily now be but a memory, rather than a living human being.
   


At 2am on a sub-zero night a volunteer talks down a potential suicide event.