Celton Manx has donated £10,000 to Housing Matters to help the Manx charity support its growing number of at-risk clients, many of whom are experiencing housing crisis caused directly by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Housing Matters’ programme manager Julie Marshall said: ‘Currently we have the largest caseload in Housing Matters’ history – some 150 cases – and the recent Isle of Man Safeguarding Board’s report has highlighted that the island’s lack of affordable housing has been exacerbated by the pandemic.
‘Among those 150 cases are some 50 people whose living circumstances have been directly affected by coronavirus. We expect that figure to grow, though, as more and more vulnerable people become at risk of housing crisis through factors such as eviction, rent arrears, relationship breakdowns or job losses. In addition, some of our clients are families with young children who are victims of domestic violence and have been forced to flee the family home.
‘It’s against this background that we’re extremely grateful to Celton Manx for their generous donation, which will be invaluable in helping us to protect some of the island’s most vulnerable people.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Housing and health have always been inextricably linked, but never more so than during this global public health emergency, when many insecurely housed or homeless people are simply not in a position to adopt current safety and hygiene guidelines.
‘Managing the impact of COVID-19 is a community challenge that demands a community response and for Celton Manx, corporate social responsibility has long been a cornerstone of our business. We’re therefore pleased to be supporting the vital work of Housing Matters with this donation.’