Project information

HARP (Homeless Action Resource Project)

HARP is a charity in Southend that helps the homeless by providing emergency support such as food, washing facilities and emergency accommodation. In addition it offers specialist support, supported accommodation and training to enable people to get back on their feet over time.

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Charity information

HARP Homeless Action Resource Project, Southend-on-Sea

HARP Homeless Action Resource Project, Southend-on-Sea logo
  • Need


    HARP assisted 1,557 people last year. Nearly half were young people. There is an increasing number of people sleeping rough. Many have a history of mental illness.

    HARP see people in desperate need. They are alone and hungry and many have been sleeping on the streets.


    As well offering emergency services for people who are homeless and distressed, over time specialist staff assist each person through a personalised package of support, accommodation and training to enable people to get back on their feet.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To break the cycle of homelessness.


    » HARP's Day Service is the first point of contact for people who are homeless and is a crucial element of the charity.

    More people are off the streets and into accommodation.
    Staff engage with people to give them the skills to manage their own lives, reducing the risk of homelessness.

  • Impact


    More people will live independently and not have to depend on HARP for their day to day needs.

    With early intervention and outreach work, HARP aim to engage more people to ensure that, especially during the winter months, people are accommodated and not on the streets.


    HARP relies on the dedicated staff that work every day in a challenging environment. HARP ensure that all staff are well trained and well supported to carry out this specialist work.


    Donors will receive two newsletters a year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £140,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £130,000 Day Centre On-going running costs including staff
      £10,000 Administration and Contingency On-going administration and contingency fund
  • Background


    HARP are in the borough of Southend but serve all surrounding areas.


    People suffering from homelessness in and around the borough of Southend.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    HARP are the only homeless charity in Southend providing a comprehensive service to homeless people including a Day Centre; the only Night Shelter within a 25 mile radius; Supported Accommodation; Training and Employment.

    HARP works closely with Southend Borough Council and other support agencies to ensure vulnerable homeless people receive the help they need.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Neal McArdle

    Neal McArdle is the Manager of HARP's Day Service. Neal's team are the first point of contact for people engaging with HARP.