It’s sensible to say that if you lost your home, your greatest need would be another home.
If you have a home, you can cook hot meals and keep warm. Your physical and mental health will most likely improve, you can build friendships with your neighbours and leave the stigma of homelessness behind you.
So if reducing homelessness is important to you and you want to give money to a homelessness charity, we believe it’s essential to ask the charity two questions to work out whether your money will be put to good use:
1. How many people does the charity actually help to get a safe home every year?
2. How much money in total does it cost to run the charity per year?
A quick bit of maths will show how much money the charity spends per person it supports into a home.