The Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS) provides critical services for people experiencing poverty in the Lancaster and District area (over 576 km2) and those sleeping on the streets. We provide essential needs for rough sleepers and provide direct assistance with: health services (mental and physical); benefits; housing needs; drug & alcohol treatment; employment; and access to identification documents.
The majority of our clients have complex needs, usually the result of distressing experiences; our most requested forms of support care are “emotional support” and “housing advice”. Our floating support work is a long-term solution, prioritising the most vulnerable, supporting them on a journey of recovery. Research, and our own experience, shows that homeless people face problems far beyond the lack of a safe and suitable home; many face social disadvantages with reduced access to both private and public services (including health and dental care, education, and banking facilities). Additionally, our clients are at an increased risk of suffering violence and abuse, face general rejection and discrimination, and are seen as unsuitable for employment.
As well as practical support, we are here to listen when nobody else will. We offer a helping hand to people who might be facing difficult times in their lives and strive to help them gain independence once again.
The LDHAS has a history of responding quickly and effectively to changes in the third sector, homeless and impoverished demographics, and the wider socio-economic environment; our expertise, coupled with those of our partner agencies, ensure the optimum support is provided and replicable throughout the voluntary and social care sector. However, your support is essential in keeping our organisation running; they need us but we need you.
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