Overview

Church Housing Trust has a background of more than 130 years supporting homeless people.

We raise funds for homeless individuals, some of whom have high support needs, who would not otherwise receive extra support.

Our mission is to end the cycle of homelessness through Christian values of care-giving and philanthropy. We work closely with homelessness schemes and churches to create communities dedicated to ending homelessness.

We believe that home is not just a roof; a home is a place where we belong. It provides the safety and opportunity to establish roots, and develop into the person we were created to be. It is somewhere we are cared for, and somewhere we care about.

At present, we fund individuals without homes in roughly 100 supported living schemes across England, including projects for people with drug or alcohol dependency; accommodation for homeless families; mother and baby units; women’s refuges; temporary housing for ex-Services personnel; accommodation for people with learning disabilities; and young people’s foyers.

Church Housing Trust, and Riverside Care and Support, both grew out of the work of the Church Army, which began helping homeless people on the Thames Embankment in 1882. The schemes started by the Church Army are now managed by Riverside Care and Support (formerly English Churches Housing Group). Church Housing Trust has maintained a close relationship with Riverside, and it is through this continuing partnership that we are able to reach 4,500 people in more than a hundred supported housing schemes and services throughout England.

The staff at the schemes we support provide ongoing care to our beneficiaries. Having a close relationship with the schemes and their staff means that funding is used effectively, and for the intended purpose. We help a wide variety of people including vulnerable young people, ex-service personnel, people with disabilities, ex-offenders, people with addictions or mental health problems, people fleeing domestic abuse, young mothers and their children, and people who have lost their homes through debt, illness or the breakdown of a relationship.