THIS IS INCREDIBLEBLE • @salvationarmyuk
Today we are excited to announce opening of a new homelessness accommodation project in Ilford: Project Malachi. The new complex contains 42 homes for chronic rough sleepers in the local area.
Project Malachi began when five year old Malachi, became worried about people sleeping rough in Ilford. When his first baby tooth fell out, he gave his £5 tooth fairy money to @salvationarmyilford , along with a note asking us to spend it helping #homeless people.
Starting with Malachi’s £5 donation, a further £350,000 was raised from local fundraising and charitable trusts. We then topped that up to £2.5 million in funding and running costs for the next five years. @redbridgecouncil funded a further £2.5m to pay for construction.
Five years on, Malachi’s dream of a better future for rough sleepers is a reality as we open this pioneering homeless complex; providing 42 self-contained flats. It's been named Malachi Place in recognition of the part he played in recognition of the part he played to start the project.
Malachi Place will provide year-round accommodation and support for people who have been sleeping rough. The Salvation Army will provide specialist 24-hour on-site support for residents to help them deal with the many issues that led them to sleeping rough, like domestic violence, childhood trauma, relationship breakdown, as well as mental ill health.
Now ten-years-old, Malachi said: “I can’t believe it has actually happened and we have built a home for the homeless! I’m really happy that The Salvation Army used my money to do this. No one should have to sleep on the streets. Everyone should have a home. I’m still only ten but I know that homelessness is getting worse but this shows there is something we can all do to help.”
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