Introduction to The LATCH Project
The problem of homelessness in Bromley and its surrounding areas has not gone away and in fact, grows by the day. LATCH is the only local organisation committed to assisting and supporting the hidden homeless aged 18 and over, when they have no where else to turn for help.
Social Services no longer have a statutory responsibility to help those aged 18 to 25. Yet, in this age group there are so many people who, despite not meeting all the criteria to enter the care system, are deeply vulnerable and at risk. These may be people getting to 6th Form, college or work, each day but unbeknown to most, they are sofa-surfing or sleeping on living room floors for months on end, surviving but hidden. This is the hidden face of homelessness.
There is still no hostel accommodation available in central Bromley to accommodate the needs of the homeless. The bed and breakfast accommodations being used as a solution to housing and homeless problems don't unfortunately provide the safe and stable environment, ideal to create and nurture e a sense of belonging. This is what everyone deserves and it can act as a springboard from which to build the much needed resilience towards independent living.
This short video captures how the LATCH Project aims to help homeless people aged 18+ in the London Borough of Bromley and surrounding areas.
Our thanks and gratitude to Alexandra Coeln for creating this video for the project.