Cambridge Street Aid
The Cambridge Street Aid Fund offers grants of up to £750 to help homeless or vulnerably housed people in Cambridge City to find and sustain accommodation and employment.
Individuals must be referred by an organisation (voluntary sector or local authority) that has assessed the individual’s circumstances and can verify that they are in need of immediate assistance that cannot be obtained elsewhere.
Grants will be paid to the referring agent to apply the money for the purpose agreed. Grants may cover small capital items or other costs such as training, travel or clothing.
Requests for a long list of items will not be favoured - applicants are invited to prioritise and only seek funds for high priority essentials. The request must be for a person that is a resident of, or has links to, Cambridge City
Referring agents should apply on the application form. There is no set deadline for applications and they can be submitted at any time. Requests for up to £250 will be considered within 7-10 days. Requests for over £250 will take at least 2-3 weeks. Applicants should allow at least 3 weeks before chasing up on their applications.
We request that referring agents consider the short to medium-term needs of their clients and make applications accordingly, ensuring that the items in the application tie into a plan for the individual.
The fund has a limit of one award per recipient in any six-month period and no more than two awards in an 18 month period (timed from the date of the first award) – other than in exception circumstances. Please note that unsuccessful applications will not be counted towards this total.
£250 for an individual who has been sleeping rough in Cambridge, to purchase household items as they move into a new tenancy via Cambridge City Council. this support will help to improve the individual's current situation and give them the best chance of maintaining the tenancy.
£225 for an individual to purchase clothes to wear to work, and a bicycle to get there. Having lost their job, the individual spent time on the streets before attending Jimmy's assessment centre. Through Jimmy's a place in a shared house was found, and the individual completed a training course and consequently took on a job as a security guard. This support will help them to maintain employment
"On the 26th of October 2015 I became homeless after a disagreement with my family, I then lived in a tent in a wood… After about 10 months of trying to survive outside I thought to myself things are not getting better I’m just surviving not living, so I went to Cambridge City Council for help and a team for young adults helped me get in touch with Town Hall Lettings which is a letting agency that helped me get a room in a house in Chittering, Cambridge.
I’m very grateful for this opportunity and I’m now building mylife back together again and have now found a job and I'm much happier. I think it’s very important to get people off the street and into housing as soon as possible. It’s a very scary and dangerous place on the street when you think that no one cares about you and your mind starts to become wild"
Donations to the Cambridge Street Aid Fund are welcome and can be done in one of three ways
By text - Text CAMB16 £3 to 70070 to donate £3 to Cambridge Street Aid
By justgiving.com -Visit the Fund page
By cheque - send cheque, payable to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, Hangar One, The Airport, Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8TG