The City Bridge Trust's response to ES article: Number of people sleeping rough in London goes up by a third

[REF: Number of people sleeping rough in London goes up by a third, official figures show. 27/02/15]

The increasing number of people sleeping rough in London is a considerable cause for concern. At the City Bridge Trust (the City of London Corporation’s charity), we are very aware that young people, especially those with disabilities, are vulnerable to homelessness - due to low income, poor access to jobs, and limited housing options. Family breakdown and domestic violence are also often factors pushing them onto the streets. Helping this at-risk group with stable housing and pathways to employment is challenging, but absolutely essential.

The City Bridge Trust has, therefore, been working closely with charities, such as City YMCA London and New Horizon Youth Centre, helping young Londoners to develop the skills and self-confidence needed to make a successful transition into adulthood and independent living. Like any other young people, they deserve a fair chance to build a positive future for themselves.

Jeremy Mayhew, Chairman of the City Bridge Trust

The City of London Corporation, EC2V 7HH