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PRESS RELEASE: London Homelessness Awards 2021 – Celebrating 21 Years

Now Open for Entries

This year’s London Homelessness Awards are back, bigger and better than ever. To celebrate the 21st year of the awards we are moving to a new, larger venue and welcome applications from 26th April 2021.

The Magpie Project, winners of the first prize of £30,000 in 2019

The awards are recognised as the one of the most prestigious in the sector – recognising innovation and excellence in projects across London working with people who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless. As well as a first prize of £30,000 and a specially designed trophy and certificate, winners receive a range of business development initiatives, including a specially commissioned video, PR, communications and marketing support, training and further opportunities to bid for grants.

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, NHS and health related organisations, voluntary and statutory organisations or a partnership of these agencies.

The 2019 winner of the first prize of £30,000 was the Magpie Project, a community response to the problem of homeless families in Newham.

Their coordinator Jane Williams said:

“We were absolutely over the moon to be awarded this honour. We never felt like a ‘real’ homelessness project, so the fact that we were recognised for our work by giants from Shelter and Crisis gave us confidence to assert that family and child homelessness is a real and pressing issue. There is no doubt that this prize acts as stamp of approval that has enabled us to gain funding, recognition, partnerships, and a louder voice for our mums and minis. The £30,000 prize money meant we were able to stop working month to month, to regularise our offer, and to really dig in to become a sustainable and reliable service.”

The other winners, receiving £20,000 and £10,000 respectively were The Passage Anti-Slavery Project and the North London Early Homelessness Prevention Project.

Ian Brady, Executive Chair of London Housing Foundation said:

“We were very disappointed to have to cancel last year’s awards, although it was clearly the right thing to do. But we are determined this year to produce an even higher profile and more exciting event that really showcases the excellent work being done across the sector and recognises the huge efforts everyone has made through the COVID-19 pandemic. We will 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

The London Homelessness Awards are sponsored by London Housing Foundation, Crisis, Shelter, the Mayor of London and the London Housing Directors Group.


For more information, interviews or pictures please contact Mark Wall 0790 999 3278 or

More information about the London Housing Foundation is available at

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