After recently celebrating our 7th year of helping the homeless community in Hull, we thought we’d reintroduce ourselves and tell you a little bit about what we do and why we do it.

Homelessness is a diverse social issue, with many different elements contributing to who may be affected by it. Hull Homeless Community Project became a registered charity in May 2016 and since then we have engaged with thousands of individuals affected by homelessness, whether they are rough sleepers, care leavers, veterans, families, or prison leavers.

There is no official figure for how many people are impacted by homelessness in this country. This is because homelessness is a complicated issue and isn’t classified in the same way across the world. Each nation records statistics differently. Additionally, it is challenging to count homeless people, as some do not show up in official statistics at all. Many of them are off the radar.

The UK government took a general snapshot in 2016, stating that on any night in England there were 4,134 people sleeping rough. This shows a 16% increase compared to the previous year. In fact, this loose figure has doubled since 2010.

On top of this, 59,090 households in England were accepted as homeless or threatened by the issue. In Wales this figure was 7,128, and in Scotland it was 28, 247. So how can you make a difference? Well, along with supporting HHCP, you can help someone affected by homelessness in your everyday lives.

We always say start with a conversation. You never know a person’s situation, and it can be easy to brush off someone on the streets, assuming that you know why they are there. However, by giving five minutes of your time to stop and chat with someone, you can make an informed decision on whether you can help them and also really brighten that person’s day.

It’s all about human contact and solidarity; it can make such huge difference.

It’s worth remembering that they are someone’s mother, daughter, father or son and that 9 out of 10 times they are sleeping rough because of a previous family crisis or breakdown. Just a short conversation could really impact positively on someone's life.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to get involved with HHCP, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@hullhomeless.co.uk.