Holistic’s race against homelessness
Last year the government introduced one of the biggest changes to the rights of homeless people for 15 years. The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA), which came into effect April 2018, is designed to support vulnerable people in danger of homelessness and places a duty on public bodies to notify local housing authorities of anyone they believe to be at risk. Although it’s about prevention rather than cure, it is a laudable effort and encouraging to see the government committing itself to new ways of tackling homelessness.
It is a deep-rooted societal issue that we don’t talk about enough. Responses like “it’s not my problem” are familiar as we attempt to absolve ourselves of responsibility. It is shocking that for a humanitarian crisis of our own making we do so little to alleviate it.
Part of this is about changing the conversation – less blame, more support – and doing our bit to help the many commendable charities working hard to combat homelessness. Some of them benefit directly from the support of our friends at LandAid – a charitable trust that awards grants to charities that deliver life-changing projects for young people who are or have been homeless.
As proud supporters ourselves, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be joining up to 1,000 property professionals for the LandAid 10K race to end homelessness in Regent’s Park on Tuesday 4 June. Our team will be there to cheer on all the runners, which include our very own Sophie Eastwood and Natalie Cush.
So, consider joining us – either by participating or supporting on the day – but at the very least by donating what you can via our JustGiving page so we can raise funds for such an important and worthwhile cause.
We hope to see you there!