APAM raises funds and awareness for the homeless

On Thursday 16 November, two colleagues from APAM, the UK real estate investment and asset management experts, took part in Centrepoint’s charity ‘Sleep Out’ event.
Charlie Potter, Operations and Marketing Manager, and Josh Whiteley, Asset Manager at APAM, spent the night sleeping outside at London’s Greenwich Peninsula, raising funds and awareness for the company’s charity partner, Centrepoint. Their one night of cold and discomfort, which has so far raised over £3,000, highlights the growing need to help give homeless young people a future.
In the lead up to Christmas, the challenges faced by homeless young people – the constant worry, the biting cold and the struggle to carry on with the next day on minimal sleep – grow even more acute. Whilst most people are focusing on gift lists and office parties, others have to worry about where they will spend their next night, hoping it might be safe and warm.
According to new estimates from Shelter, there are over 125,000 homeless children living in Britain today and the situation is worsening – the number of young homeless people in the UK has more than doubled since 2011. Of the UK’s 50 highest-rated places for residents without permanent accommodation, 32 are in London.
With only £15, a young person could be provided with a set of basic essentials, whilst £30 could provide the smart clothing needed for a job interview, enabling them to confidently present their skills and potential to prospective employers.
Raising funds and awareness for homeless charities can only go so far; it is the many underlying reasons that must be properly addressed.
Many hundreds of thousands of new homes across a range of tenures are urgently needed and we all have a part to play in helping to alleviate homelessness. All members of the property industry – whether in land, development, investment or construction – must collaborate to deliver the much-needed housing and support local councils to meet their housing targets. We must innovate to develop new ways of providing truly affordable homes.
Modular housing could go a long way to help address the UK’s affordable housing shortage. While the prefabs of the 1940s were often poor quality, cutting edge technology and modern construction processes have helped create robust and well-designed homes that can be built quickly and efficiently. Cities such as Vancouver are leading the way in tackling homelessness with modular homes – its first modular affordable housing complex opened in early 2017, providing 40 homes, with hundreds more planned. It’s a small but significant step forward and proves varied methods of construction can be effective solutions in helping people off the streets.
APAM’s core values comprise passion, leadership and trust. It is these which must be engaged and upheld as we work to properly address the housing crisis, committing to delivering new homes in the short-term and providing warm, safe places of respite; not just whilst the season of goodwill is upon us.
Will Powell, Executive Director at APAM
APAM’s #SleepoutLDN fundraising page: https://sleep-out-2017.everydayhero.com/uk/apam

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