Homeless accommodation providers Grenfell and Evolve plan to merge
The boards of Evolve Housing + Support and Grenfell Housing & Training have approved proposals to merge the two organisation to create what would be the third largest provider of accommodation for homeless people in the capital.
The merged organisation would be called Evolve Housing + Support, with Grenfell set to join Evolve on 1 April, subject to the completion of legal formalities. The two organisations have a combined turnover of £12.45 million and work in eight local authorities in London.
In a joint statement about the merger, Diana Coman, chair of Grenfell, and Karen Cooper, chair of Evolve, said: ‘’The starting point for our future vision is our shared view that all our service delivery and development should focus on the people we support – placing them firmly at the heart of all our work. This, along with our shared values, gives us confidence that there is good synergy between our two organisations.”
According to the statement, by joining together, the new organisation would be able to “achieve even better outcomes for many more people”. These include:
- Support around 2,000 people each year towards independence
- Provide more local community services including support into work and learning, counselling and mentoring
- Build more new, affordable homes for homeless people