7th November 2019

Tampon Tax funding to end women's homelessness!

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded £29,358 from Homeless Link’s Ending Women’s Homelessness grants programme, funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund.

We are one of 29 charities across England to receive a grant.

Women’s homelessness is a significant national issue with many women having experienced violence and abuse contributing to their homelessness. Over 640 women sleep on our streets every night and thousands more do not have access to a safe or suitable home.

Homeless Link’s grants programme aims to help end women’s homelessness by building capacity for gender- and trauma-informed services and developing partnerships between homelessness and specialist women’s sector charities.

We will use the funding to recruit 2 new women's outreach workers, one full time and one part time, with the aim to reduce the numbers of women living on the streets, support those in temporary accommodation and engage with women who are 'hidden homeless' by delivering gender and trauma informed assertive outreach.

Through partnership work with St Anne’s Community Centre, we will support the women accessing the new Safe Space women-only emergency accommodation to address their needs both emotionally and practically.

Simon on the Streets CEO, Eric Richardson said:

“We have delivered outreach in the city for over 20 years and have seen an increase in the number of women who struggle to find gender specific support while living on the streets or those ‘hidden homeless women’ living in dangerous and exploitative situations just to keep a rough over their head.

This funding is fantastic news as it will ensure that we have gender specific workers, using a trauma-informed approach to engage and support the women both emotionally and practically.”

Homeless Link's Assistant Director of Practice and Partnerships, Tasmin Maitland adds:

“Women’s homelessness is a growing crisis. Despite this, women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are one of the most marginalised groups in our society and the specialist support that they need is often lacking or non-existent.

“We are delighted to be able to award Simon on the Streets a grant that will have a real impact on the support that women experiencing homelessness in Leeds receive, and ultimately contribute to ending women’s homelessness for good.”

Other Blog Posts

13th December 2019

20 Years on the Streets

As you may know, this year was our twentieth anniversary. On 29th November, we marked the occasion by holding two events: one to celebrate 20 years and the other to discuss the important work being done locally to support those who find themselves homeless and on the streets.

12th December 2019

Blue Plaques for the homeless

To mark 20 years on the streets we have, with the fantastic help and support of Leeds-based design agency Fun Agency, a marketing agency based in Leeds, launched our second street plaques awareness raising campaign.