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Play the lottery in support of HARP

HARP is Southend’s homeless charity, helping over 1,000 people every year who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We provide essential services like food, clothing and washing facilities, as well as emergency and long-term supported housing. By playing make a smile lottery for HARP, you will be helping more local people overcome homelessness for good.

Thanks to you

more funds can be raised to help reach our target of £50,000 for HARP via the lottery.

  • Target £50,000
  • £708 raised so far!


HARP Leads Homeless Health Research

We are pleased to announce that we are leading a detailed research project aimed at improving the health of local homeless people, which will contribute towards a national survey of homeless health needs. Together with partners Storehouse, 57 West, The Salvation Army, STARS, Trust Links, Southend Adult Community College, Off The Streets and Southend Churches Winter […]

Rough sleeping may be down, but homelessness is far from solved

Our Chief Executive, Jackie Bliss, shares her thoughts on the latest rough sleeper figures announced by central government on Thursday 31st January 2019.  Whilst it was encouraging to see the number of rough sleepers counted in Southend last November drop by 85%, compared with the estimated 72 the year before, I feel it’s important that people […]

Local Mum Laura Takes On London Marathon for HARP

We’re delighted to reveal HARP’s first ever Virgin London Marathon charity runner for this year’s event. Local mum Laura Dawson, 44, of Southend-on-Sea, will take on the 26.2 mile challenge on April 28th 2019, raising much needed funds for our services for homeless people in Southend. Laura said “I had a difficult start in life, and […]

2018 at HARP

2018 was a very busy year at HARP, as sadly more and more local people find themselves caught up in the housing crisis. We helped a total of 1,206 people with specialist advice and support in the year, and 457 of these were new to HARP. Of the 457 new people, 229 were sleeping rough, […]

Church Winter Night Shelters Success Improves By 31%

HARP, Love Southend and Southend Borough Council are pleased to announce the success of last year’s Southend Churches Winter Night Shelters, as we gear up to once again provide additional space for homeless people in Southend to sleep through the winter months. As well as providing a warm and safe place to sleep, the project […]

Motivate to Work Scheme Gets in the Festive Spirit

Some of our residents take part in the Motivate to Work scheme, operated by Southend Borough Council’s Parks Department. The scheme aims to give volunteering opportunities to disadvantaged people in the borough, with the long-term aim of helping people back into work. Recent projects include growing vegetables at an allotment, painting the railings at Priory […]

What are people saying about HARP

“My life now, compared to what it was like – I feel like a millionaire. HARP literally saved my life”

Matthew, former HARP service user

“If I didn’t come to HARP, I’d probably be dead now. If I had been on the streets long term, I wouldn’t have survived many cold nights with my illness”

David, HARP service user

HARP Registered Charity Number: 1098126