Over 230,000 people in 21st century Great Britain are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness. From rough sleeping and “living” in unsuitable places including tents, cars or even public transport.
Research recently released by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals 449 homeless people died on the streets in the UK in the past year.
It shouldn’t be like this. Having a safe place to call home today is a basic human right. At JLL, we’re committed to being part of the solution to help end homelessness.
Under our Building a Better Tomorrow programme, our people voted for Crisis to become JLL’s charity partner in 2016. Over the two-year window we’ve fundraised over £540,000, supported the development and launch of Crisis’ Plan to End Homelessness and provided our people as volunteers to work directly with Crisis’ clients.
In September we announced an extension to the partnership until 2020. We are committing to raise £1.2 million to support 1200 people back into long-term sustainable housing, including providing essential employability skills training and housing coaches; enabling at least 30% of our people to volunteer; and delivering critical strategic work with Crisis’ Housing and Policy teams.
On World Homeless Day, Crisis’ CEO Jon Sparkes recently joined me to provide JLL colleagues with an update on how the partnership is making a difference. Beyond our volunteering and fundraising efforts, Jon identified how our expertise in real estate is making a massive difference in helping Crisis to inform and influence government and policies to help bring homelessness to an end, once and for all. The results are already starting to pay off with the UK government fully committed to end rough sleeping by 2027.
Jon also shared Crisis’ research which identifies people suffering from homelessness are 17 times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime. One in ten homeless people report they have been urinated on by members of the public. The facts are shocking yet identify the challenges faced by those trying to escape a difficult situation. Life on the streets is obviously incredibly hard, next time you encounter it please don’t turn the other way. Let’s all take the time to stop, give a friendly hello and show people they are valued and have a role to play in society.
To close the session, Jon shared Crisis’ latest “If everybody is in” campaign video (see below). This high impact film features famous Crisis supporters asking us all to show our support for the Plan to #endhomelessness. Just like Dr Who, all of us at JLL UK are personally committed to helping Crisis #EndHomelessness so nobody is:
- Sleeping rough
- Sleeping in a place where people aren’t supposed to
- Living in temporary accommodation without a plan to move in to a permanent solution
- Leaving a public institution, like a hospital or prison, and going straight into homelessness
Please join us and show your support today.