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This year Glass Door will once again provide emergency night shelter for those who turn to us for support. Our open access policy means that no matter who you are or where you're from, we can offer a safe place to stay at night, during the coldest months - seven days a week.

Over the past five years we’ve seen a consistent increase in the number of women needing our services. In the last two years, approximately 30% of our guests have been women, and we know the number of women needing our support is much higher.

Outcomes from the ‘Women Rough Sleeping Census’, the ‘Making Women Count’ report, mirrored what we were seeing and hearing on the front-line,

that women are underrepresented in the statistics as they are less inclined to rough sleep for reasons of safety, or they will sleep in more hidden locations, out of sight of outreach teams.

Last winter we were unable to meet the demand for women’s night shelter spaces. This winter, Glass Door will run our first women’s night shelter. This London service will be the only women's emergency winter shelter provision for women experiencing homelessness in the UK.

We'll also be expanding the capacity of our night shelters for up to 105 people every night, and we’ll continue to provide a mixed gender and male only space.

It will serve as an important safety net for our guests who identify as women, providing a warm, safe space to stay while they work with our team of expert caseworkers to build a route out of homelessness.

Making Women Count – Womens Rough Sleeping Census: