The need for WHC has never been so high We often tell people that we would love to not exist. In fact, our work strives to undermine the very need for a homeless charity in High Wycombe; we try hard each and every working day to do ourselves out of business. But the latest numbers are in – and sadly, they paint a bleak picture. From the beginning of April 2016 to the end of March 2017 we have had six all-time records: We helped 504 people, a 15% increase on last year. We gave 2944 separate instances of face-to-face support. Of the 504 people, 404 were completely new to us – and each with their own unique circumstances. Astonishingly, around a third were women. Historically there have been far more homeless men than women, but these stats indicate that this ratio is changing – that the housing crisis is hitting women hard. Our fifth all-time record is the number of individuals visiting our Support Centre for housing help and advice. In the last twelve months, we’ve seen 490 people – an increase of 14%. While we’re pleased to be of service to anyone going through housing crisis, it’s sad that the need for our Support Centre is ever increasing. Finally, we’ve helped people avoid 23 evictions. That’s 77% more than we did last year. The stats speak for themselves: demand for our services has never been so high. But we’ll continue to be here and to help the community of High Wycombe for as long as we’re needed.