The right to safe and secure shelter is a human right; everyone is entitled to an adequate standard of living including access to food, clothing and housing. For people to thrive with dignity and confidence, they need access to not only basic housing, but the ability to create a home in which they feel safe and secure.
The stark reality however is that globally many millions of people have no access to safe shelter; forced from their homes due to conflict, natural disasters or personal and family circumstance. There are currently over 65million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, that's the highest number since WWII; the number of people in the UK sleeping rough on the streets has seen a dramatic increase of 134% since 2010, with many more hidden homeless having no fixed abode and relying on friends and relatives. In addition, a 6th of the world’s population is living in slums (approx. 1.2billion people), many with insecure tenure meaning their home can be taken from them with no notice.
We know that the impact of being without a secure and decent home is far reaching, adversely impacting on people’s physical and mental health, access to education and ability to work and exposes them to sexual and physical violence and in some tragic cases death.
OUR GLOBAL PRIORITIES
There are currently over 65m people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes, that's the highest number since WWII; it is almost impossible to know the true scale of human trafficking but the International Labour Organization (ILO), one of the most trusted resources, estimate 21m people have been trafficked into forced labour and sexual exploitation, living in unsafe and often unsanitary conditions; We will support organisations that help safe passage for people fleeing conflict, violence or trafficking and provide care and advice to those seeking refuge or asylum to help them overcome past trauma and build productive and dignified lives in the UK.
OUR GLOBAL PRIORITIES
We know that the impact of being without a secure and decent home is far reaching, adversely impacting on people’s physical and mental health, access to education and ability to work and exposes them to sexual and physical violence and in some tragic cases death. UNICEF estimate that 100m children are living on the streets worldwide, in the UK Homeless people are more likely to die young, with an average age of death of 47 years old and even lower for homeless women at 43, compared to 77 for the general population. Living with this level of uncertainty and fear is unacceptable and preventable. We will work with organisations that share our belief that everyone has a right to a safe and secure place to call home, investing in new approaches, community building and local movements for change.