As January comes to an end, the LDHAS team would like to thank our supporters and give a brief update on our 2020 Christmas provision.
2020 was not an easy year for anyone. It was a year of illness, bereavement, isolation, redundancies, and lockdowns. All of our lives had to change with the unprecedented times. However, over the holiday period, we were amazed at peoples’ generosity despite these complex and uncertain times; it was extraordinarily inspiring to see so many of our donors return and contribute towards our Christmas appeal. In spite of these testing circumstances, so many people continued to support our homeless and impoverished communities. We provided our clients with hot takeaway Christmas meals and bags of confections each day over the Christmas and New Year period, and it’s all thanks to our generous donors.
LDHAS continues to provide essential services for the homeless and vulnerably housed population of the district, ranging from health and wellbeing services to advocacy work. Those on the streets, those in hostels, and those in squats still need support, and we will continue to operate for as long as we have to.
Sadly, 2020 saw a nationwide decline in peoples’ mental and physical health, an increase of drug and alcohol use, and increase of relationship breakdown; all facilitating factors of homelessness. This, coupled with an end to central government funding and a wave of redundancies and evictions, will bring about a surge in newly homeless and impoverished people in need of support.
2021 is a year that will challenge us all, not just our homeless people. What will be asked of us is unclear and flexibility will be essential but whatever 2021 brings, we will face it together.
Thank you for your continued support,
The LDHAS Team
The Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service is open, providing a limited service strictly for homeless people in the area. Lancaster City Council have done a great job temporarily housing the local homeless during the crisis, but as lockdown relaxes we anticipate our charity, once again, will become a necessary safety net for the vulnerably housed who fall through the system for one reason or another.
We are open Monday to Friday from 9:30am with last entry at 1pm, and each person will be allowed 30 minutes in the building to take advantage of the services on offer – food, shower, Laundry (by appointment), support. Only three people will be allowed in at any one time.
We have implemented changes to the building, and the way we work, to meet the pandemic government guidelines. In addition, staff have been provided with appropriate PPE, hand sanitiser is readily available, and disposable masks will be provided to people using the service. Social distancing will be in action throughout the days.
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The project was set up in 1987 by a group of local churches who were all providing a service for local people in housing poverty. The Homeless Action Service was built in 1992 with a considerable amount of incredible support from local people and churches. We became a registered charity in 1992 and a limited company by guarantee in 1999.
We are a day centre based in Edward Street in Lancaster, providing housing advice to the street homeless and those in housing poverty.
Our clients are ordinary people whose circumstances have altered their way of life, people who have been in care, suffered a relationship breakdown, have addictions, come out of the services, or come out of prison.
The Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service seeks to provide and improve services for those who are homeless or have housing related needs by the following means:
Aims and Objectives