York Road Project

Featured during this weeks “Proud To Be Me” show (12-2pm Sunday) we discuss local charity, ‘York Road Project’ and the amazing work they are doing in and around Woking.

York Road Project is a charity with aims to defeat homelessness in Woking and Surrounding areas.

Impressed by the work they do in the local community it’s evident that without York Road Project there would be many clients not in a bed at night but sleeping rough around Woking town centre with no food and no place to shower, shave or even go to the toilet.

With skilled outreach workers, a Day Centre (The PROP), a Night Shelter on York Road and some privately rented ‘move-on’ properties it’s evident that every penny going to York Road Project is going to good use and it’s fantastic to hear about some amazing stories of people coming out the other end, getting jobs, finding their own homes and then building families.

If you would like to help York Road Project or find out more, please visit: YorkRoadProject.org.uk

On the 11th March, the Chancellor set out the Government’s Budget for the financial year in which he announced funding for housing and rough sleeping.

The investment commitments from the Government included the following in their published report:

  • A £12.2 billion Affordable Housing Programme, committing to a 5-year programme helping people into home ownership and those most at risk of homelessness
  • A decision to cut the interest rates on Public Works Loan Board lending for social housing after the recent rise
  • £1.1bn investment in infrastructure for housing and £400m fund which devolved authorities can bid for to deliver homes on brownfield sites
  • Confirming £237m already announced for accommodation for 6000 people moving on from rough sleeping, plus £144m for associated support services, plus £262m for substance misuse treatment

Therefor our question is, will Woking or any of the surrounding boroughs who face similar issues with homelessness see any of this funding and will it really made a difference to what is still a significant problem across the UK and Ireland?

With the Sheerwater regeneration in Woking, where would there be more affordable council housing and are the government relying too much on charities like York Road Project who are clearly unsung heroes.

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