If you are at risk of homelessness, caught up in sofa-surfing or rough sleeping and need help and advice, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07399861218 (slowly and clearly, please leave your name and contact number and we'll get back to you as soon as possible)
For homeless emergencies Outside of Normal Hours (between 5.00pm and 8.30am Monday to Friday and 5.00pm Friday to 8.30am Monday) telephone your local council: Bromley 0300 303 8671, Bexley 020 8303 7777, Greenwich 020 8854 8888, Lewisham 020 8314 7007, Croydon linked here
LATCH (BCHA) and The Bromley Homeless Shelter are officially merged!
More about this exciting new charity renamed Bromley Homeless, here
Following successful consultation on the proposed merger of The Bromley Homeless Shelter with LATCH (legal name Bromley Churches Housing Action), it is proposed that to legally enact the merger, The Bromley Homeless Shelter be dissolved and the entire undertaking of the Charity be transferred to Bromley Churches Housing Action Charitable Incorporated Organisation (BCHA) whose objectives are:
the relief of poverty through Christian principles by the provision of accommodation, advice and assistance or any such other things as the trustees consider necessary for the achievement of the objects to persons in need who are either homeless, threatened with homelessness or have inadequate living arrangements.
It is proposed that upon merger of the two charities Bromley Churches Housing Action be renamed BromleyHomeless. The members shall consider and vote on the following resolution to this effect.
IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED THAT in accordance with clause 29 of the constitution, the organisation known as The Bromley Homeless Shelter, registered charity number 1163353, be DISSOLVED on such date as the trustees decide and all assets and liabilities held for the purposes of the charity be transferred on that date to Bromley Churches Housing Action formed under the charities Act 2011, registered charity number 1186655.
AND THIS RESOLUTION AUTHORISES THE CHARITY TRUSTEES OF THE EXISTING CHARITY
• To decide on the final legal and operational name of the merged entity (in conjunction with the trustees of Bromley Churches Housing Action);
• To incur such costs as shall be required to give effect to this resolution; and
• To sign such agreements and execute such deeds as are necessary to give effect of this transfer. Provided that, in case of assets held for restricted purposes, they shall ensure that similar restrictions are imposed when the assets are transferred to Bromley Churches Housing Action.
Trustees of LATCH and the Bromley Homeless Shelter, another local Christian-inspired charity helping local homeless people of all backgrounds, held discussions on whether the two charities should merge, earlier in the autumn of 2020. Please read the letter from the Chairs of the two charities below.
We are grateful to all the supporters and volunteers who submitted their views via the questionnaire, which revealed that 84% thought the merger was a good idea.
As Covid-19 continues to evolve and unfold, we wanted to let you know that the LATCH team is here when you need us. We are still working from home and our project manager Lolly can be contacted by email and by phone via the usual methods, which we have added below.
Read the LATCH Covid-19 Statement here
The importance of providing a reliable service to anyone in a homeless situation or at risk of homelessness is a priority for us and we are committed to supporting you in these challenging times.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact us via email: email@example.com or telephone Lolly on 07399 861218
LATCH has been working tirelessly to ensure that every person turning to our service for help and advice during the pandemic has been supported and most importantly, safely housed. We have helped to house over 90 local men and women, and issued over 70 Starter Packs to help each settle quickly since April and our work continues. Thank you to everyone who has supported our work in one way or another during this challenging time for all.
We anticipate a rise in homeless situations this winter. Many more will face uncertainty with the impacts of lock-down and some will be forced out of sofa-surfing and into the cold. LATCH is expanding its service, bringing on extra staff to support those who have been housed and to respond to new enquirers, every week. We are also hoping to be merged with The Bromley Homeless Shelter by the spring (read more on the merger, here)
If you know a school that can raise money through an Own Clothes Day, a small group that may entertain a closing collection after a virtual online quiz or performance, or a business that can have a whip-round in the office, this month - please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - we would love to hear from you and will supply posters, flyers or leaflets for your fundraiser.
At this time, please consider donating whatever you can, to ensure our service is able to better support those who are vulnerable and homeless during COVID-19. All our fundraising events have been cancelled and donations are dropping because minds are understandably elsewhere. Your support today will make a real difference and will be greatly appreciated. Simply click the purple DONATE button to the right. Thank you and stay safe. ♥
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