Recent reports predict that the UK will plummet further into depression by the end of 2022, the longest downturn since the 2008 financial crash, meaning households across the UK are being hit by higher energy, fuel, and food prices, with many people worrying that they too, could become homeless.
Rising energy prices could force some families to spend 54% of their income on bills according to estimates by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, meaning many people could get into debt and fall behind on rent or mortgage payments, eventually leading to homelessness.
So, what does this mean for local charities like The Archer Project?
According to CAF Bank, 86% of charity organisations are worrying about the impact the Cost of Living Crisis will have on their organisation. Not only are charities worrying about a potential decline in donations, but some like The Archer Project will also feel a direct strain on their services as the most vulnerable members of society fall further into poverty.
Charities like Crisis are warning there could soon be a ‘tidal wave of homelessness'.
The Archer Project exists because people are homeless. We offer those people practical and emotional support to lead them away from homelessness and into a life of fulfilment.
At the moment we’re registering approximately 6 new people per week, this rising number means increased stress on our already stretched resources. Last year we served 7230 breakfasts and 6300 lunches, which we were only able to do with your help. Lately, we’ve seen a decline in food donations meaning higher running costs for us to cover, along with energy costs and more.
Day centres like The Archer Project are now more essential than ever. We need to be on the ground continuing to support the people who need us the most.
Please donate or create a fundraiser today and help us to support Sheffield's homeless and vulnerably housed.