We are delighted to share that we have received a £75,000 grant to combat rising operating costs at our homelessness charity. The funding has come from the Government’s Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund, which is being delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK.
We provide a home for as long as it is needed for up to 23 individuals or couples who have experienced homelessness, poverty and social exclusion. While supported by our charity, all bills and food costs are covered and companions receive tailored support, funded training, and meaningful work opportunities in a social enterprise.
The cost of living crisis has seen our food and utilities expenses rise rapidly, with the cost to repair and maintain accommodation also spiralling. This year our utilities costs are 104% higher than they were two years ago, and we have seen a staggering 272% increase in building repair and maintenance costs in the same period. This rise comes at a time when we are also experiencing increased demand for rooms and support worker time to meet the complex needs of the people we support.
Commenting on how the funding will support Emmaus Bristol, our Chief Executive Jessica Hodge, said:
“Emmaus Bristol is immensely grateful for the £75,000 grant from the Government’s Community Cost of Living Fund. It’s rare to get grant funding for costs we have already incurred, but that is exactly what’s needed at a time of high inflation. In the face of still-rising operating costs, this funding will help us to continue providing a warm, comfortable home and support for formerly homeless people while we work hard to increase our long-term income through our social enterprises, as well as donations and other avenues.”
We aim to be as self-sustaining as possible, with the largest proportion of our income generated by a range of social enterprises including two second-hand shops in Stokes Croft and Bedminster, an eBay store, a house clearance service, and two eco holiday pods for tourists to rent. The rest of our income is made from Housing Benefit, grants and donations. If you are able to support our charity during the cost of living crisis, please donate here.
To find out more about the Government’s Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund, which is being delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund, visit here. Grants will support charities and community organisations in England at the frontline of dealing with the increase in the cost of living.