About homelessness

Why do people become homeless?

There are a whole range of complex reasons why people become and subsequently remain homeless.

Common factors include:

  • Relationship breakdown
  • Leaving home or care
  • Death of a spouse or partner
  • Mental health problems
  • Domestic violence
  • Leaving institutions (hospital, armed forces, prison)
  • Addiction
  • Getting into debt, especially mortgage or rent arrears

This means that helping people out of  homelessness is about far more than simply putting a roof over someone’s head

The Society of St James and homelessness

Our homelessness services do not just give people a roof over their heads. We offer opportunities to address the issues which have led to individuals becoming homeless.

 “Having being awarded a number of new services in Portsmouth, SSJ is now supporting around 4,500 people in Hampshire.”

Read our latest Publication: Annual Impact Report 2017

“We believe that everyone has a right to a home. We believe that people should be given the opportunity to develop the skills they need to lead a fulfilling life.

We believe that everyone deserves not just a second chance, or a third chance, but as many chances as they need to change their lives for the better.”

Who We Are

We are a Hampshire-based homelessness charity, providing accommodation and support to over 2500 people each year.

The people that we work with often have diverse and complex issues surrounding homelessness, including substance/alcohol addiction and mental health problems.
Our range of services includes supported housing for homeless people, drug services throughout Hampshire, Jamie’s Computers (social enterprise), Victoria Cafe in the Park, Recycle Bikes, Winter Beds, Saints4Sports and a specialist residential care home.

Our History

In 1972, the Society of St James was a group of volunteers from a collection of churches who opened up a church hall to accommodate 11 homeless men.

Many of the men we worked with in those early days were struggling with heavy drinking and the team realised very quickly that offering shelter was just the first step.

In over 40 years our work and organisation has changed significantly. Paid staff make up our workforce, though volunteers provide a very valuable service to compliment this, and we no longer operate from a church hall, but from many houses, hostels, and offices throughout the county.

We still work with people to identify their own needs, and to find ways that we can support them as individuals to make the changes they want to see in their own lives.

To find out more about Sponsorship opportunities or the great work we do, please contact us .

 Society of St James
125 Albert Road South
SO14 3FR
Reception:  02380 634596

A Company limited by guarantee and registered in England No. 3009700.
Housing Association No. LH4337.   Registered Charity No. 1043664.
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