Every day, 150 families in Britain become homeless. At Nationwide, we're proud to be one of the longest serving supporters of (This link will open in a new window)Shelter, a charity that helps millions of people every year who are homeless or struggling with bad housing.
Shelter provides advice, support and legal services that are a lifeline for people desperate to find long-term housing. Shelter ensures that no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
When you think about homelessness, you might first think about people sleeping rough on the streets. Most of Shelter's work, though, involves supporting the hidden homeless, people who are stuck sleeping on friend's sofas, in hostels or in bed and breakfast accommodation.
We've been supporting Shelter for 16 years. Today, Nationwide is funding Shelter services in Birmingham, Bristol and Sheffield. These give struggling families advice, help with budget planning and support to improve housing conditions.
We're also helping to fund Shelter's national helpline, which is open 365 days a year giving free housing advice to people at risk of homelessness.
We hope that, one day, Shelter's services won't be needed any more. But until then, Nationwide will keep helping to raise the millions of pounds needed to keep it going.