The Turkish Cypriot Community Association (TCCA) strives to provide support not just to people from the same cultural background, but also to those who need it most. Since 2015, Turkish Cypriot Community Association (TCCA) has every December been supporting the Homeless, with food packs, essentials, hampers, haircuts, clothing and shelter when possible. Other groups have over the years joined TCCA and extended the support it provides.
Every year’s campaign relies on the community generosity and there are lots of ways that people get involved, from cooking, delivering, offering their skills and support. The idea of giving hopefully instils in the many and refocuses people’s attention to giving and helping see the Homeless in a different light. In 2015 TCCA were able to feed over 240 homeless people and rough sleepers, as well as providing 100 essential packs containing toiletries, blankets, clothing, socks, underwear, hats and gloves. With the help of Just Giving, the TCCA, partnered with Crisis Charity, can help 40 people with housing, access to dentistry, advice and employment support.
By 2020, they were partnering; Cyprus Islamic Association, Edible London, CATI, Shaklewell Lane Mosque, TCCUK, Kibris Worldwide, Haven for the Homeless, Buses 4 Homeless, Crises, Street Kind, Eurogenc TV and Haringey Hub. Together they were able to help nearly 1000 homeless. The scheme operated over three weeks, on one day alone, with the backdrop of Covid 19, they were able to provide 260 hot meals, 100 hampers, 180 essential packs and were able to fund four people to have a room for two weeks over Christmas and fund a person to go onto buses4homeless three month scheme.
How many people are homeless?
There is no national figure for how many people are homeless across the UK. This is because homelessness is recorded differently in each nation, and because many homeless people do not show up in official statistics at all.
On any given night, tens of thousands of families and individuals are experiencing the worst forms of homelessness across Great Britain, this includes over 200,000 households in England alone. For the last five years’ core homelessness has been rising year on year in England, reaching a peak just before the pandemic when the numbers of homeless households jumped from 207,600 in 2018 to over 219,000 at the end of 2019.
During Covid the situation has become worse, with focus shifting away from homelessness and that small help that people would have received has now been re-directed.
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