A Worthing charity that aims to end rough sleeping in the area has received a grant of £10,000. The Worthing Churches Homeless Projects (WCHP) works with homeless or insecurely housed people to help them get back on their feet and live independently.
The Masonic grant will help fund an Outreach Project Worker who will support clients with basic living skills such as setting up housing benefit claims, dealing with utility bills, food shopping and cleaning.
Of the 47 vulnerable clients that the Outreach Worker has worked with in the last year, 95 per cent have sustained their tenancies.
Sue Stevens, PR & Fundraising Manager for Worthing Churches Homeless Projects said:
“We are very grateful to Sussex Freemasons for their generous grant. Without donations like this we wouldn’t be able to continue. Last year we helped 1,100 people find a home or stay in the one they have. I’m afraid this year will be no less busy.”
Local Sussex Freemason, Bob Ison said:
“We are very pleased to be able to support the Worthing Churches Homeless Project, which does really excellent work helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community get off the streets and keep a roof over their heads.”
Worthing Churches Homeless Projects
Based in West Sussex, WCHP runs projects in Worthing, Littlehampton and Horsham. Their aim is to end rough sleeping and help vulnerably housed people to access better accomodation and maintain their tenancies. In the past twelve months WCHP helped over 1,000 men and women.