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21 November 2019

Glass Door and 22 other charities have announced that they have formed The London Homeless Collective. The announcement was made in the Evening Standard last night, with an open letter from the Collective asking for readers' help to succeed in ending homelessness.

It marks the launch of the Evening Standard's Homeless Appeal yesterday which pledges to support The London Homeless Collective over the next two years. Its ambitious target is to end the homelessness crisis in London within this time, with a particular focus on supporting women who find themselves homeless.

The front page and an open letter

Readers who grabbed a copy of the Evening Standard yesterday will have seen that the front page was focused on homelessness with two double page spreads on the plight of those living rough on London's streets. 

The Evening Standard wrote:

"It is our objective to help support many vital services in the months to come, to help them collaborate more efficiently and to provide the support needed.

"We know this is an ambitious initiative. But our campaign is a challenge to readers about what kind of city they want to live in. London in 2019 is one of the world’s greatest and most prosperous cities.

"Yet tens of thousands of people do not have a safe place to sleep. We will campaign to raise awareness, raise money and change laws."

The open letter from the Collective, which was included in the Evening Standard, reads: 

By working together we know we can make a tangible, measurable difference to homeless women in London. But to succeed we need your help.

Collaboration is key

Lucy Abraham, COO, says:

"With official statistics suggesting that the number of rough sleepers grew by 18% last year in London, it is vital that we work together to achieve our mission of ending homelessness.

She adds:

We are grateful to the Evening Standard for helping us tell the stories behind the crisis. Together we are committed to ending homelessness for good.

For more information about The London Homelessness Collective and the Evening Standard's Homeless Appeal:

Read the full story in the Evening Standard