0:07 AM, 27th June 2023, About 8 months ago 7
Prince William has embarked on a significant five-year crusade in a bid to eradicate homelessness, arguing that such a problem has no place in a ‘contemporary and forward-thinking society’.
The royal’s recent journey took him to housing and training initiatives in Brixton, Bournemouth and Newport in South Wales where he sought to gain firsthand knowledge of the issue.
The prince’s philanthropic foundation is contributing £3 million in initial funding to ensure that homelessness becomes an infrequent, short-lived and non-recurring phenomenon.
The campaign, which has been inspired by work in Finland, aims to provide tangible solutions to a pressing social issue that affects thousands of individuals across the UK.
Prince William said: “Everyone should have a safe and secure home. I want to make this a reality and, over the next five years, give people across the UK hope that homelessness can be prevented when we collaborate.”
In what could become a defining endeavour for the Prince of Wales, Prince William has initiated the Homewards project, a cause influenced by his mother, Princess Diana.
The prince is determined to address the homelessness crisis affecting more than 300,000 people in the UK.
The issue of homelessness extends beyond those living on the streets and includes individuals in temporary accommodations, hostels, cars or sofa-surfing.
Prince William aims to not only prevent homelessness but also alter public perceptions and demonstrate its far-reaching impact.
As part of this effort, he recently inaugurated an affordable housing project catering to employed young adults who require assistance with lodgings.
The prince’s strategy involves assembling local coalitions comprising housing experts, charities and private industries to establish housing projects and support services.
This approach will tackle various aspects of homelessness, from metropolitan areas to coastal towns and has garnered support from prominent charities such as Shelter, Centrepoint, Crisis and The Passage.
During his visit to a Bournemouth project that offers skill-building opportunities to formerly homeless individuals, Prince William emphasised the importance of altering the ‘story’ surrounding homelessness and eliminating the associated ‘bias and stereotypes’.
In coastal towns like Bournemouth, high rent costs and unstable incomes from low-paying seasonal jobs contribute to the problem.
By understanding these nuances, Prince William and the supporting organisations aim to develop effective strategies to address homelessness in all its forms.
The chief executive of the local Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Graham Farrant, said a process to prevent people from becoming homeless was needed and added: “It’s not impossible to solve.”
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