Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic CHESS could accommodate up to 32 individuals at any given time throughout the night shelter, annex and move on properties. During lockdown the government temporarily housed rough sleepers in emergency accommodation. Since then we have worked tirelessly to DOUBLE our property portfolio with the aim of ensuring homeless individuals do not need to return to the streets and have the best possible support on their path to finding permanent housing.
Over the past 24 months we have increased our properties from 6 to 13 and the number of service users we are able to accommodate from 32 to 66. This means we are in need of extra funds to provide our residents with everything they need to have a special Christmas this year.
In addition to those 66 residents, our Outreach Team also work with rough sleepers in 8 districts (increasing from 5 districts): Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree, Epping, Rochford, Uttlesford, Castle Point and Brentwood. We provide emergency supplies of warm clothes, sleeping bags, small tents, snacks and drinks, as well as essential emergency accommodation if required. Your Christmas GIFT will ensure that we have enough supplies to get us through the winter months without having to turn anyone away.
Dedicated support allows our clients to address the root causes of their issues, helping them to find a path to recovery and change. Evidence shows that having processed trauma, increased self-confidence and making positive steps towards employment, people can cement a positive future, maintain accommodation, and find a long-term route away from homelessness.
Your donations are essential to us being able to continue our work providing support to the homeless in our communities. Thank you!