Our history

Crisis was set up as a cross-party attempt to raise awareness of homelessness and destitution in East London. Backed by the public groundswell of support following Cathy Come Home, it raised funds for its annual Crisis at Christmas event and grew to provide services and grants across the country,

Crisis was also set up to campaign for homeless people, keeping homelessness alive in the public consciousness and having long sought to ensure that all homeless people are entitled to help and support. Crisis was not set up as a permanent charity.

Click on the links to read more on our development and achievements over the last five decades:

1960s - Origins

1970s - Crisis at Christmas

1980s - Growth & Grants

1990s - Innovation & Change

2000s - Crisis Skylight

2010s - Year-Round Expansion

Homelessness ends here

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