Homeless Shelter
Homeless Shelter
We are delighted to hear that the Council have started to run a full homeless shelter. The shelter is limited to people from Maidenhead. It is being run by an organisation they have designated to run it on their behalf, Look Ahead. It is an excellent organisation, who we have worked closely with in the past.

They are eager for more volunteers. Details on how to volunteer are set out towards the bottom of this page.


Social Housing
The Council have limited funds and have strict rules about who they will let into the Shelter. We estimate that for every person living on the streets who is admitted to their shelter, there are five others who are not.

One major cause of people living on the streets is the lack of affordable housing. In particular, private and social landlords are wary of renting property to people without a job or on benefits.

We are exploring the possibility of helping people living on the streets who do not qualify for Council support, by buying a house to rent to people who do not meet conventional landlord requirements.

We are hoping to find people to help us invest in a property, on the basis that all income will be used to run the property and help address any physical, mental or personal difficulties they have which prevents them from reintegrating to society. As and when the property is sold, all gains will be apportioned between the investors in proportion to their contribution.

Please see below for more details.


Halfway House
One of the many sad aspects of homelessness is how difficult society makes it to re-integrate. Without a postal address, jobs are almost impossible to get. Landlords are unlikely to rent premises. It is not possible to get a job if it is not possible to get clean.

In 2016, we opened our first "half way house". With help from RBWM council, we are about to open a second half way house to expand the number of people we can help. We provide accommodation for a maximum of three months to people who are homeless and who want help getting back on their feet. Their housing allowance covers the cost of accommodation. It provides them with a fixed address, and somewhere to clean themselves and their clothes. During their stay, we make sure they eat properly, we help them with career advice and training, we help them get jobs and we help them look for accommodation for when they leave us.

One of the greatest challenges is the necessity that our guests leave after three months. We hope we never have to send people back to the streets, but we need to acknowledge the limitation in what we can achieve without external support or funding.

We are currently renting premises for this purpose on a soft lease from one of our donors. In the medium term, we hope to buy a number of houses which we can use as half-way houses. If we own our own premises, it will give us freedom to house guests for longer than three months. All rent we receive from housing allowance will be available to pay for people and services to provide a wider range of services for people who are homeless or on the verge.


How to Volunteer
To help Look Ahead run the Council's homeless shelter, please email your interest to:
Claudette Squires
Lookahead
claudetesirqueira@lookahead.org.uk


How to Donate to the Brett Foundation's Support Initiatives
Please consider donating to our designated bank account. Every penny donated to this account will be spent supporting people who would otherwise be living on the streets.

We particularly welcome monthly standing orders. If we have an amount of income we can rely on each month, it allows us to develop longer term services.

If you want to donate, click the link below:
foodshare.today/homeless


How to Invest in our Social Housing Initiative
We are hoping to find people to help us invest in a property, on the basis that all income will be used to run the property and help address any physical, mental or personal difficulties they have which prevents them from reintegrating to society. As and when the property is sold, all gains will be apportioned between the investors in proportion to their contribution.

If you are interested in investing £10K or more, either individually or as a group, please email us at this address: nigel@foodshare.today