Crisis Christmas appeal for £28.87 very different to Shelter

Crisis Christmas appeal for £28.87 very different to Shelter

9:33 AM, 4th December 2019, About 2 years ago 15

Text Size

The Crisis Christmas appeal is for donations of £28.87 to reserve someone a place for their support package this Christmas and introduce them to the education, training and support to help end their homelessness for good through Crisis’ year-round services. Click here

The Crisis plan for this Christmas and the year ahead:

A Welcome with hot food, initial assessment and companionship

Health & wellbeing: Medical checks, opticians and new clothes

Counselling: Needs assessment, someone to talk to and help with mental health

Employment & skills: Courses, training and CV writing

Housing advice: Finding safe, affordable housing, and support with paying rent and bills

Ending homelessness: Providing people with support to leave homelessness behind through Crisis’ year-round services

The Shelter Christmas appeal concentrates on the plight of the often hidden child homelessness

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, said: “The fact 183 children become homeless every day is a scandalous figure and sharp reminder that political promises about tackling homelessness must be turned into real action.

“Day in, day out we see the devastating impact the housing emergency is having on children across the country. They are being uprooted from friends; living in cold, cramped B&Bs and going to bed at night scared by the sound of strangers outside.

“Every child has the right to a safe home and if we act now, we can help get them to a better place. So, every donation will mean Shelter can be there for the children and families who need us this Christmas.”

To donate to Shelter’s urgent Christmas appeal please visit

However the Shelter donation does not seem to go towards anything immediately practical:

“Shelter’s urgent appeal will pay for frontline services to support children and their families facing bad housing and homelessness this Christmas. We campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.”

The contrast between the two appeals reflects the far more political nature Shelter.


by Mark Alexander

10:07 AM, 4th December 2019, About 2 years ago

Shelter do not provide any housing whatsoever. Instead, they spend a substantial chunk of the money they receive as donations demonizing those that do!

Shelter also support people who don’t deserve support, ie anti-social behavior which ruins otherwise decent areas, those who spend housing benefits of drugs and alcohol, those who cause criminal damage. If you donate to Shelter, please understand that YOUR money will be spent on keeping such people in a home that others are far more deserving of. Also bear in mind that less private individuals will invest into housing if their worst tenants are supported by Shelter.

If you donate to Shelter you may actually be contributing to the shrinkage of investment into additional housing.

Increasing housing supply is the only way to reduce demand, the knock on effect of which will be lower prices and improved standards when supply of rented housing outstrips demand.

by Scenic

10:32 AM, 4th December 2019, About 2 years ago

I'm a fairly new landlord, it seems that Shelter is very much into activism and campaigning i.e talking about issues whereas CRISIS are much more practical. I know who I'll support in future.

by Whiteskifreak Surrey

10:50 AM, 4th December 2019, About 2 years ago

I actually often visit Crisis FB page - there is definitely a need to support them, as they provide everything Shelter does not: food, clothes, medical help. And they do not demonise us. I have even made such a comment on Shelters' FB page, of course not a single word of reply. We even stopped buying in shops which support Shelter, unless nowhere else we can get the goods (unlikely). Yes. no doubt who we will support this year.

by Lesley Lester

11:16 AM, 4th December 2019, About 2 years ago

When will someone recognise that a very high percentage of the homeless are a direct result of Osborne and Hammonds onslaught against Landlords?

by Dennis Leverett

11:38 AM, 4th December 2019, About 2 years ago

The Crisis TV advert starts with a homeless person and states that he was given minutes to leave his home of something like 16 years by his Landlord???????

by Whiteskifreak Surrey

11:52 AM, 4th December 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Dennis Leverett at 04/12/2019 - 11:38
Oh dear, I did not see that! Terrible.

by Old Mrs Landlord

12:30 PM, 4th December 2019, About 2 years ago

Shelter's appeal is very cleverly worded to obfuscate their actions. Most members of the public will interpret "Shelter's urgent appeal will pay for frontline services to support children and their families facing bad housing and homelessness this Christmas" as referring to something very similar to the services provided by Crisis. A statement that Shelter's appeal will pay the salaries of solicitors to search for niggling little oversights on the part of landlords to prevent or delay eviction of defaulting tenants whose anti-social behaviour makes neighbours' lives a misery doesn't have quite the same heartstring-tugging ring to it


16:53 PM, 4th December 2019, About 2 years ago

I'm donating to Crisis this Christmas and I encourage others to do the same. Even better, a monthly standing order. God bless.

by Robert Mellors

11:29 AM, 6th December 2019, About 2 years ago

Shelter do some good training events and publications, but their political campaigning is all about demonising private landlords and some of the policies they lobby for actually cause people to lose their homes and increases the homelessness problem (or at least push up the rents).

Crisis do provide hostels for the homeless, and training for tenants to help them become responsible tenants (the Crisis Skylight "Renting Ready" course), so in this sense they do help reduce homelessness (and indirectly, by encouraging good tenant behaviour, they also help landlords). HOWEVER, they do also support some of the Shelter and Government policies that cause private landlords to sell up, raise rents, or not let to low income (or higher risk) tenants.

by Paul Essex

17:23 PM, 6th December 2019, About 2 years ago

Forget the high paid charities, support the Salvation Army or a local shelter directly, groups who care more about people than their pension pots!

1 2

Leave Comments

Please Log-In OR Become a member to reply to comments or subscribe to new comment notifications.

Forgotten your password?


Landlord Tax Planning Book Now