Women’s Outreach workers (Simon on the Streets)

Simon on the Streets is one of twenty nine charities from across England, working with women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, that has been awarded a grant from Homeless Link’s Ending Women’s Homelessness grants programme, funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund.

The Women’s Outreach Workers will aim to reduce the numbers of women living on our streets, support those in temporary accommodation and  engage with women who are ‘hidden homeless’ by delivering  gender and trauma informed assertive outreach. Through partnership work with St Anne’s Community centre we will support the women accessing the Safe Space emergency accommodation to address their needs both emotionally and practically, signposting to relevant partner agencies when needed. We will increase the number of women that can access housing and trauma informed support through our assertive outreach on the streets and also engage women who are housed but hidden homeless in dangerous and unsuitable situations.

Welcoming the grant, Eric Richardson, CEO of Simon on the Streets, said: "We have delivered Outreach in the City for over 20 years and have seen an increase in the number of women who struggle to find gender specific support while living on the street or  those ‘hidden homeless women’ living in dangerous and exploitative situations just to keep a rough over their head.

"This funding is fantastic news as it will ensure that we have gender specific workers, using a trauma informed approach to engage and support the women both emotionally and practically.

"We will work closely with St Anne’s Community Centre to support the women using the Safe Space emergency accommodation project as well as delivering gender specific assertive outreach to women on the streets in Leeds. Through work with the local housing team we will also engage with those women that are hidden homeless - sofa surfing, living with friends or in unsuitable, dangerous situations."