Whilst around 26% of homeless people who have accessed support services are women, only around 11% of homeless accommodation in England offers women-only provision – we think this needs to change.

In 2018, we opened White Heather House, our first women’s only hostel. White Heather House offers women a safe place to recover from the streets and regain their strength so that they can take steps towards a new life away from the streets.

Women made up 27% of the people who came to HARP for help and support in 2019/20. 

At HARP, we offer women access to:

  • Women-only accommodation

  • Women-only peer support groups

  • Budgeting courses

  • Academic courses

  • Vocational courses

  • Employment training

  • Confidence boosting activities

  • Benefits advice

  • Counselling sessions

  • Group support


HARP Property development manager

"We want to create an environment enabling women to regain confidence and skills, empowering them to take charge of their lives and overcome homelessness for good"

“Because the majority of known homeless people are men, in most services there has been an unconscious movement to caring more towards men. But now, with White Heather House, we are doing the conscious thing and catering to women.”


After escaping abusive relationships and overcoming alcohol addiction, Vicky came to HARP and has been staying at our single gender hostel, White Heather House. She’s now ready to move into her own home.

Lindsey came to HARP following a rollercoaster journey that started with a violent sexual assault which triggered severe mental illness. Like many who end up on the streets, Lindsey’s journey is a complex one.

Having now moved out of HARP accommodation and into her own flat, Marie has an important message for others who are struggling with homelessness and additional complex needs: "Don't give up!"