about poverty, housing and homelessness
Poverty in the UK
Hope works with people on the absolute margins of society through to people experiencing poverty as part of their daily lives, sometimes over generations.
There is considerable evidence that inequality in the UK is rising dramatically with those in bottom quarter or more of society getting a smaller and smaller share. This poverty is having a destructive effect on society as a whole. As Wilkinson and Pickett’s book, the ‘Spirit Level‘ shows, inequality is bad for everyone.
Hope addresses and alleviates some of the worst and most extreme forms of poverty – homelessness, clothes and food poverty – by trying to achieve redistribution to people with nothing, and advocating for their access to these things. But we recognise that charity on its own, and not justice, cannot address all the harm inequality causes. This is why, alongside providing services to people in need, we also develop businesses and commercial opportunities to help people train, get new skills, and work, producing good things for the community, but we also campaign against the policy decisions that make people poor.
Read The truth and lies about poverty Churches report by a coalition of British Churches about some of the common myths and untruths said about people living in poverty.