Homelessness and the dignity of the human person


Two ladies in kitchen dishing up food. One with pink hair in a black tshirt under multicoloured top and other grey haired in red Caritas apron

We’re proud to call for a better, more just world where the voices of people positively influence the systems, decisions and resources that affect those most in need.

Our work and campaigns are rooted in our experience of accompanying and listening to people who access our services.

Our vision is for an equal and just society, where the voices of those experiencing poverty, disadvantage and/or discrimination are heard, valued and acted upon. Our mission is to protect and promote human dignity for all.

But to drive real change, we need your help.

Stop, reflect and think about what many young people and adults experiencing homelessness are facing every day.

Why your support matters

We believe everyone should have a safe, secure place to call home.
Having appropriate, safe housing provides a sense of personal dignity and allows families and individuals to flourish.
Too many people in Greater Manchester and Lancashire are homeless.

At Caritas, we’re fighting to:

  • End the use of unsupported temporary (bed and breakfast) accommodation for families and single homeless people.
  • End rough sleeping and end the use of night shelters and shared sleeping spaces.
  • Reform the private rented sector to ensure it provides secure, good quality accommodation at an affordable price for all.
  • Build, protect and increase sustainability of suitable social housing

We also run a range of services to support people who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We provide a warm welcome and holistic support – from help with housing, finance, benefits and physical and mental health and wellbeing issues, to the provision of nutritious meals and a warm place where people can socialise and join in a range of activities.

Man in black jumper sits at table eating meal

Did you know?


people were helped to move off the streets and out of homelessness into secure supported or permanent accommodation by our team last year.


activity sessions were run by our homelessness services to help people increase their skills, confidence and self-esteem.


people came along to our regular drop-ins with specialist agencies, from housing advice to GP sessions, free optician appointments to mental-health support.

Take action

Download our resources below to find out ways you can help people in your community now.

Share our posts and this page on social media to help raise awareness and encourage others to take action.

Learn more about our services to signpost people in your area who may be at risk of becoming homeless.

Find out more

Make a donation if you’re able to help us continue to support even more people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless.


Volunteer with our teams to help people in your community.

Find out more


  • Human dignity and homelessness resource

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  • Big Sleep Out Fundraising Pack

Where your money goes

It costs £12,000 per day to provide the level of service and support being delivered in Caritas projects across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Which means that everyone who needs it is able to access urgent practical help required, as well as any advice and support that will help them for the long term.

Every single donation matters because it means nobody is turned away or left behind.

These are just some examples of how your donation could be used to provide critical support – right now – or help someone begin to transform their own life with dignity.

  • £30.06
    is the cost of professional suport to someone facing a crisis
  • £86.00
    is the average cost of a weekly shop for a family of four people
  • £112.16
    is the average energy bills for a month for a 2-3 bed home
  • £1,500
    is the cost to sponsor one of our rooms for a year, preventing someone from being homeless
Progress Update

“I can’t believe how patient you all are here and you didn’t rush me once. It’s the only time I get to have a shower and I feel so much better. I appreciate all of the food and I feel so spoiled.”

Person accessing our services

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  • School Service team puts best foot forward for fundraising challenge

Every donation helps change a life. You can make a difference now.


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