Caritas Anchor House extends homelessness services

Caritas Anchor House (CSAN member) is now helping more people than ever, in the London Borough of Newham, who have been sleeping rough.

The charity has added four services at multiple sites, as part of a new partnership to reduce rough sleeping in the Borough and support people to achieve independent living, with Change Grow Live as the lead partner.

Interim Direct Access Assessment Service

This services provides short-term accommodation and support for around 20 people at any one time who are sleeping rough (for up to six weeks). Individuals will be supported to access longer-term accommodation through the services below, and Caritas Anchor House’s Canning Town site.

Launchpad and Brady Mead

Launchpad provides accommodation and support with people with medium to high support needs and can accommodate 10 people at any one time with on-site support, at its base in Beckton, London. Brady Mead is designed as a step-down from Launchpad, and has four self-contained flats available. Visiting support from the Launchpad team is available at Brady Mead, to continue the support for those living there.


Plashet provides accommodation and support for women with medium to high support needs. The service can accommodate 7 women at any one time with on-site support.

Move on/floating support

This support service is currently based at Courtney Hotel. The current focus is around working with people who were supported into the Courtney Hotel by the local authority, to prevent rough sleeping – many of whom may not be eligible for other services. Additional floating support is provided to people who are engaged with rough sleeping services and currently living in houses of multiple occupation (HMO’s) in the community. We are supporting around 50 people through these services.

Access to these services will primarily be via street outreach teams.

Caritas Anchor House reported that it is supporting over 200 people experiencing homelessness at any one time, to move onto their next chapters. From 2022, the charity aims to increase bed spaces at its main site in Canning Town by 15 as part of its ‘Hope Street’ development – aptly named by Anchor House residents – to help even more people towards stable housing.

Amanda Dubarry, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, said:

“Caritas Anchor House has supported thousands of people to move on from homelessness over the years, and we’re so pleased now to be able to have an even bigger impact in our community – where levels of homelessness are higher than anywhere else in the country. We’re proud to be working with such dedicated partners to reduce and prevent rough sleeping and make a difference to so many people.”