Homelessness and poverty are experienced by a significant number of children, young people and families in London today.
Migrants are at a higher risk of poverty given the restrictions that are placed upon them in terms of accessing the housing market, paid employment, and benefits, as well as reduced access to affordable, specialist immigration advice.
Poverty can have a long lasting effects on individuals' future life chances.
Evidence suggests that the impacts of poverty and homelessness can be substantial and wide-ranging, and they are very often inter-related. When experienced at a young age, they have the potential to impact on one's physical, emotional and educational development.
Impacting on them for the rest of their lives and increasing their future risk of homelessness.
Some of the causes of poverty and homelessness are:
• Limited supply of suitable housing;
• Cuts to local services
• Low pay and unemployment
• Mental health, trauma and adverse childhood experiences
Many people experience one or more of these challenges, trapping them in a cycle of poverty.
At the Centre, we work hard to prevent the clients from experiencing the crises poverty and homelessness can create and in the longer term to break the cycle of homelessness.