The Mayor of London has joined forces with the London Homeless Collective, to provide extra help for rough sleepers in the capital this winter.
Earlier this year, Sadiq Khan announced he was doubling the rough sleeping budget to £19.2m to increase the range of services available to help homeless Londoners. As part of this ‘Life Off the Streets’ Programme the Mayor will be funding an extra 300 beds every night across London in January and February. This new funding by City Hall will enable charities and boroughs to boost shelter capacity during the coldest months of the year.
The Mayor of London said: “The number of people sleeping rough on our streets is a national disgrace, and since becoming Mayor I have made it a priority to do everything in my power to tackle this crisis.
“The generosity of Londoners is well known, especially at this time of year, so I implore everyone to give what they can to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“Every year we help record numbers through my winter programme – and while this is a testament to the hard work of outreach workers and shelter staff, it is also a damning indictment of the Government’s failure to get to grips with this vitally important issue.”