Tuesday 28th April, 2020
Now Open for Entries!
This year is the 21st anniversary of the prestigious London Homelessness Awards, and the 2020 awards are now open. The three winners of the award will be announced in October and receive £30000, £20000 and £10000.
Although the sector is focussing on the CV-19 epidemic, it was decided to retain the opportunity to highlight the excellent work being done in both ordinary and extraordinary times. The application process has been simplified and the process will follow all public health advice.
The awards are the country’s leading homelessness awards and highlight innovative practice in the homelessness sector in London. As well as the cash, the winning projects receive professional support and a promotional film to develop the profile of their organisation.
The London Homelessness Awards are open to not-for-profit organisations based in London working in the field of homelessness including charities, registered social landlords, Local Authorities, London NHS and health related organisations, voluntary and statutory organisations or a partnership of these agencies.
Now in their 21st year, the London Homelessness Awards have awarded over £500,000 in prize money. The ceremony at which the winning projects are announced is now a high profile event at City Hall hosted by the Deputy Mayor, Tom Copley.
Last year’s winner of the first prize of £30000, was the Magpie Project, a community response to the problem of homeless families in Newham. In the last two years the project has supported more than 300 mothers and on average the team see five new families a week.
Jane Williams works at the Magpie Project. She said:
To win was just extraordinary. It was a massive boost for the Magpie Project. The prize gave us confidence. Being judged by giants in the sector such as Shelter and Crisis is a big honour. But most of all, the prize raises the profile of the mums and children in temporary accommodation whose needs are unmet and voices not heard.
The other winners, receiving £20000 and £10000 respectively were The Passage Anti-Slavery Project and North London Early Homelessness Prevention Project.
Simon Dow, Executive Chair of London Housing Foundation said:
Of course we know that just now everyone is working flat out to support homeless people through the epidemic. But we hope to have the chance – particularly this year – to celebrate all the great work carried out by so many organisations to support and protect the vulnerable.
To watch a film about the 2019 award winners and find out more details about how to enter this year’s awards, please go to www.lhawards.org.uk.
The London Homelessness Awards are sponsored by London Housing Foundation, Crisis, Shelter, Mayor of London and the London Housing Directors’ Group.