Life expectancy can be reduced by up to 30 years for people who are homeless.
The Bridge Homelessness to Hope is based in an area of Leicester that suffers from the highest levels of poverty and our guests are among the most marginalised people in the city.
Those that visit us often have other complex issues in addition to, or as a direct result, of being homeless.
Some will also have been excluded from mainstream services and others will not access them because they feel stigmatised.
You don't have to be living on the street to be homeless.
You may be sleeping on a friend's sofa, staying in a hostel, or living in overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation.
Many rough sleepers face multiple disadvantages; experiencing several overlapping problems at the same time as homelessness such as mental ill-health, drug and alcohol addiction, offending and family breakdown.
People with these needs tend to continue to fall through the cracks of society because no one takes overall responsibility for helping them to break the cycle.
Some people may, even if they do not have a diagnosed mental health condition, still experience psychological trauma in their day-to-day lives due to the impact of homelessness.
We believe in long-lasting change. Where the people are treated as individuals with specific needs and not just a problem to be passed through the system.
The problem is the problem, not the person.
Our vision is for everyone to have a safe place to live with access to the help they need. Every day we help make positive things happen for people facing extremely difficult circumstances.
Everything we do is about and for people: the people we support, our staff, our partners and everyone affected by homelessness.
Read about What We Do to prevent our guests from becoming or remaining homeless and the services we provide to empower and enable individuals to meet their own needs.
are you homeless or at risk of becoming homeless?
If you are experiencing any of these issues and are based in Leicester please visit our GET HELP page to access the support available at The Bridge.