About Help the Homeless
Help The Homeless was founded in 1975 and shortly thereafter launched its first National Appeal chaired by Sir Robert Mark (the then Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police) which raised a substantial initial capital sum. Together with further donations and legacies since then, this capital has been carefully managed and invested to produce income which is distributed in the form of grants to charities and voluntary organisations throughout the UK. Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homelesss people in rebuilding their lives and finding their way successfully back into society.
Grants are made four times each year to assist in the purchase of capital equipment. Each application is considered on its merits by the Board of Trustees.
Help The Homeless is a cost efficient charity with very small overheads, and so is able to distribute a large proportion of its funds to the wide range of organisations nationwide that help some of the UK's most disadvantaged people. The reasons for being homeless vary enormously, but may include ill-health, those who are discharged offenders, drug and drink addicts or those who experience other adverse circumstances. Homelessness is not just about the people that the public sees and thinks about – principally “rough sleepers” living on the streets – but the whole range of people who lack a home.
Any donation, contribution or legacy will be most gratefully received; please see our page Supporting Us
OFFICERS & TRUSTEES
The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Rowan Williams
Francis J Bergin, BA, FCIS, FSCA
Terry Rogers, OBE, FCIH, JP
Peter Fullerton, MA (Cantab), JD
Stuart J Holmes MVO
The company is limited by guarantee and is governed by its memorandum and articles of association. It is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission. Trustees are appointed by the board and serve for a period of three years, after which they are eligible for re-appointment. In the case of all appointments the board looks at the skills needed within the board together with the personal competence and local availability of prospective Trustees.