This month Lancaster and District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS) will open its Christmas shelter for the 27th year running.
National homeless charity Shelter said that homelessness has risen by 18 per cent since the same time last year, and LDHAS has also recorded an increase in need locally.
Donna Wren, Christmas shelter coordinator at LDHAS, said: “With the current economic climate, there has been a higher need for people to access the centre and its services.
Most susceptible to this ever-increasing problem are those who leave care, ex-armed forces, those with mental health issues, substance abusers and, quite often, single people – in particular men.
“That is why provision, such as that offered by LDHAS, is vital to the roofless and those in housing poverty in the Lancaster area.
Edward Street is British Legion trained and can signpost people from the services to the help they require.”
Donna added that the shelter had a lot of help from comunity donations but more was needed.
“We take donations of warm clothes (male and female), shoes, underwear, hats, scarves and gloves, tinned meat, coffee, sugar, chocolate and sweets, sleeping bags and of course, money,” she added.
Contact Donna on 01524 842008 to help.
Events have been arranged to fundraise, including bag packs at supermarkets and caroling in Lancaster city centre.