A call to alms - Zoominar with the Rt Rev Bishop Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington. Free webinar – Wednesday 3rd June, 3 or 6 pm For Churches wanting to engage with the homeless in response to COVID-19 The homeless need churches like never before. Register here Zoominar @ 15:00 [email protected] 18:00 What will answer a homeless person’s need that over 70 churches are already doing?Join us at one of our webinars on 3rd June at 3 or 6 pm as Rt Revd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, Ed Walker, founder of Hope into Action UK, Jon Kuhrt from the Government rough sleeping unit and Kate Doran-Smith, who runs over 75 homes for the homeless, answer this question.Background:Thousands of ‘rough-sleepers’ have been moved off the streets into hotels. But where will they go next? Night-shelters may not be deemed safe to re-open. Additionally unemployment is up by over 1 million. Domestic violence up. Why are we doing this? 3 reasons: We see a rising tsunami of need in this country: Thousands of rough sleepers have been moved into hotels. No-one really knows where they will go next. Domestic violence is up by 150% in some areas of the country. Unemployment is up. Recession is now upon us. Once the moratorium on evictions has been lifted, people expect a rise in homelessness. The second reason is who else will step-up to meet the need? Night-shelters are deemed no longer safe. Government reports over the weekend indicated they may be cutting funding to the homeless. We hope we won’t return to austerity, but you never know. The third reason is: There is a real opportunity now to radically improve the way the homeless are dealt with in this country. The homeless have been saying for years they don’t want to go to hostels (we replied by calling them ‘hard to engage’). Perhaps it is time to listen. The Government see this and have phoned us up and asked us to help. They like our model. We see the homeless in this country needing churches like never before.