TO DONORS: WHY DOES HOPE HOUSE ESSEX NEED FUNDING
Many homeless charities have the following financial benefits:
- A building leased to them at peppercorn rent (i.e. for nothing) or subsidised
- Supporting People money: This is money coming from Essex County Council after its introduction in 2003. It often amounts to over £100,000 each year
- Enhanced Housing Benefit agreed by the local Council: This can be considerably more than the normal Housing Benefit. This enables charities to cover their rental or mortgage costs.
HOPE HOUSE ESSEX has none of these huge financial benefits.
It also has recently allocated most of its funds into the deposit to buy a house with a mortgage, and is now low on funds.
Being limited in funds it can employ less staff that we would like.
We need money to maintain our existing services and to expand our professional support services and to gain other properties to help more homeless people.