The South East has seen one of the largest increases in homeless people in the UK. Research shows that since 2010 there has been a 20% increase in the number of homeless people in this region*. For the third year running, Saga is supporting Architect in the House – an annual fundraising campaign which helps fight homelessness in England.
The scheme gives people the opportunity to discuss home improvement ideas with a RIBA chartered architect in their local area. Participants can make a suggested donation of £45 to Shelter, a charity that gives people housing advice, as well as supporting those who are looking for permanent accommodation.
The money raised could help more than 8,000 homeless people in the South East alone, as well as helping around 4,711** people who are currently living in temporary accommodation all over the South East.
The most common reason people find themselves homeless is because parents or other relatives are either unable or unwilling to put them up – either for a short period or indefinitely. Other common causes for homelessness are end of short term tenancy and breaking up with partners.
Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services commented: “We are pleased to be supporting Architect in the House for the third year running. Last year, we helped raise more than £100,000!
Not only can people feel like they are making a difference to people’s lives for as little as £45, which is enough to help two families find a home. They’ll also benefit from an expert’s advice on how to improve their home and maybe even increase the value of their property.”
For those who are interested in finding out more information about Architect in the House please visit www.saga.co.uk/architect2013 where people can register until 21st August 2013.
Notes to Editors
• * Homeless statistics provided for Shelter by DCLG Homelessness Statistics
• **4,711 people in the South East were living in temporary accommodation at the end of September 2012.
About Architect in the House 2013
• Architect in the House 2013 is the annual fundraising campaign run by Shelter and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
• After registering, people will receive a confirmation email and then be matched with an RIBA chartered architect who will email them details to arrange the consultation.
• Consultations need to take place before 30th November 2013.
• After an hour’s consultation, people can decide if they would like to continue to work with the architect on a commission basis.
Saga is a leading specialist insurance provider for the over 50s and also provides a range of holidays. Saga is one of the South East’s largest employers and currently employees more than 3000 people.