Tag Archives: Homelessness

Housing ministry provides £635,000 for borough’s homeless

The government has given Croydon Council a £635,000 grant to continue its work to tackle homelessness during the pandemic through helping people into accommodation and providing health support. It is possible that some of that money could be used to … Continue reading

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Premier League football club opens its doors for the homeless

It’s that time of year again… Crystal Palace Football Club is re-opening its extreme weather emergency shelter for rough sleepers at Selhurst Park this winter. Whenever the overnight temperature is forecast to fall below freezing, the Glaziers Lounge at Selhurst … Continue reading

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Donations still welcome in Shakespeare’s homelessness appeal

An appeal for essential items to help Croydon’s homeless this winter has been a huge success, with donations flooding in to the campaign’s collection points at the offices of JB Shakespeare funeral directors in Croydon and Selsdon.

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‘Hostile environment’ charity linked with homes scheme

A council scheme to get vulnerable rough sleepers off the streets and into the warmth and security of somewhere they can call “home” has signed up its first of 10 properties. But none of the homes will be available to … Continue reading

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Croydon among worst areas in the country for homelessness

There will be more people sleeping rough on the streets of Croydon tonight than in the city of Birmingham. Those are part of the shocking statistics revealed by Shelter, the homelessness charity, who have used official government data and Freedom … Continue reading

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Homelessness crisis sees council invest extra £15m in fund

Caught between a rock and a hard place, of London’s ever-spiralling private rents and the Tory government’s ruthless reductions in benefits, Croydon Council is to invest an extra £15million into helping people at risk of homelessness to get secure private … Continue reading

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‘Moral shame on us’ says Barwell over rising homelessness

Gavin Barwell, the Tory MP for Croydon Central and now housing minister in Theresa May’s government, has described homelessness in Britain as “a moral shame on us”. According to official figures, there are 12 times as many people sleeping rough … Continue reading

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Charity Nightwatch to stage conference on homelessness

Croydon Nightwatch, the local charity whose volunteers have been helping to feed and care for local homeless people every day of the year for the last four decades, will mark its 40th anniversary with a conference to discuss ways of … Continue reading

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Charity groups seek volunteers for CR Zero homeless project

A coalition of organisations, endorsed by the local council, is looking for 120 volunteers and local businesses to help tackle chronic rough sleeping in Croydon, as part of a scheme called CR Zero 2020. Among London’s boroughs, Croydon has one … Continue reading

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Tenancy law change causing more women to be homeless

The number of homeless women in Croydon, many of them forced to sleep rough, is on the increase according to the annual report from Nightwatch, the charity which provides food and support for some of the borough’s most vulnerable people. … Continue reading

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Homelessness in Croydon ‘worst ever’ says charity chief

According to Jad Adams, the chairman of Croydon Nightwatch, the number of people sleeping rough or “in totally unacceptable conditions” in our borough could be twice as many as suggested by official Government estimates. The reasons for the under-estimate, Adams … Continue reading

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South Norwood Tourist Board collecting for Nightwatch

South Norwood Tourist Board is organising a Christmas collection for Nightwatch, the charity that runs the soup kitchen in Queen’s Gardens. A collection box is in The Albert, Harrington Road, South Norwood.

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Perry’s double life as building supplier and planning official

BBC London News featured Croydon on its early evening news on Friday, stating that the building industry in the borough is booming. Oh yeah! This is the same south London borough where the number of affordable homes built in the borough … Continue reading

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Gridley returns from being down and out in Purley and London

Jeff Gridley’s week of sleeping rough on some of the coldest – and wettest – nights of the winter has come to an end, with the Croydon dustcart driver saying, “It was pretty tough.” Gridley thinks he has raised more … Continue reading

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The day Boris and Croydon Tories found homelessness funny

Sometimes, we miss something. So it was, nearly a year ago when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, came to Croydon to announce the shot-gun marriage of Westfield and Hammerson over the £1 billion redevelopment of property at the centre … Continue reading

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Off their trolley: council’s sorry whip-round for families in crisis

If you had any doubt whether the people of Croydon need to help the homeless and poor of the borough, because they cannot rely on their elected councillors to provide food and other assistance, then they have only to consider this … Continue reading

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Which councillors attended Town Hall Christmas banquet?

Many thanks to all those who have already expressed support, and donated or offered other help, to Croydon Nightwatch as a result of Inside Croydon’s Christmas appeal. We have noted before the proximity, and stark contrast, between the grinding poverty … Continue reading

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Police chief wants to have Nightwatch soup kitchen moved on

Croydon Nightwatch, the local charity whose nightly work with the homeless and poor at Queen’s Gardens has been under threat from the council, today described comments by the borough’s police commander, David Musker, as ill-informed and accused Croydon’s most senior … Continue reading

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Let’s find some remedies for growing issue on our streets

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It’s getting cold outside, and it seems likely that there will be more rough sleepers in Croydon this winter than ever before. MICKEY FINN offers some suggestions to improve, perhaps even save, the lives of some homeless people, … Continue reading

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Spellings takes on his Italian Job for homelessness charity

Croydon resident NEIL SPELLINGS is off on a challenge, looking to raise thousands of pounds for a very good cause I am doing some work for a large financial institution in Docklands who are holding a banger rally to raise … Continue reading

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A real award won by new YMCA build on Dingwall Road

South London YMCA’s Alexandra House in the centre of Croydon has won a prestigious award at the Construction News Awards. This appears to be a genuine award, with contractors Warings selected as winners of the “Best Project Under £10 million” … Continue reading

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