Tackling Homelessness

In 2018, statistics from Shelter showed that 15,538 people across Birmingham were homeless, meaning that 1 in 73 people were without shelter on average. Figures recorded by Birmingham City Council show that this number has continued to increase over recent years, with 22,513 people suffering from homelessness as of November 2020.

The Future Melting Pot has previously taken great strides to combat this continuing problem, using our platform to help remedy the homelessness crisis and raise awareness city wide.

Homelessness continues to be a growing problem, as more people find themselves sleeping on the streets each year. Sleeping rough can take a huge toll on a homeless individual, having a disastrous impact on their mental and physical health, as well as increasing the likelihood of substance abuse. Those who sleep on the streets are also 17 times more likely to have been a victim of violence, and 1 in 4 homeless women have been sexually assaulted whilst sleeping rough. With so many complex needs, it is imperative that rough sleepers receive a great deal of support. In Birmingham, the desire to help the homeless is there but the problem still remains.

Between 2016 and 2018, homelessness was a primary focus for The Future Melting Pot. Due to our unique position in facilitating collaboration, we were ideally placed to bring together a number of organisations involved in the Birmingham homelessness sector and help them to make a real difference.

 

Our partners on this project included various faith groups, volunteer groups, national charities, NGOs, and statutory bodies, such as Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Mayoral Office.

As a result of this collaboration, we produced an invaluable piece of research on youth homelessness, as well as a ground-breaking social impact report for Homeless Rooms Birmingham. We also hosted the Look Deeper, Think Beyond, Step Forward conference, which attempted to bring organisations together and raise awareness.

Our report, based on the findings of the conference, is essential reading on the issue of homelessness, and clearly outlines the problems faced by the homelessness sector in Birmingham. To read a copy of our report please email info@thefuturemeltingpot.co.uk for more information.

 

“Through our work we proved that a unified stand against homelessness can be achieved through collaboration between various groups in order to benefit the wider fight against homelessness.”

Estella Edwards, CEO of The Future Melting Pot

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