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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR NATION'S ONLY HOMELESSNESS AWARD SCHEME

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The search is on for the capital's most creative and innovative homelessness projects with the launch of the third ...
The search is on for the capital's most creative and innovative homelessness projects with the launch of the third annual Andy Ludlow Award.
As the only award scheme in the country dedicated to homelessness, the Ludlow Award will recognise good practice in supporting homeless people or working to prevent homelessness in London.
Projects have until 27 April to get their nominations in. Entry forms will be available later next week from www.lhu.org.uk.
Housing and social services departments, voluntary organisations, registered social landlords and health services are all welcome to apply for the award, organised by the Association of London Government's (ALG) London Housing Unit (LHU).
Judges will look for schemes which break new ground, find new approaches to solving problems, or bring agencies together to deliver more effective services.
The Andy Ludlow Award was founded in 1999 by directors of housing in London in memory of the director of housing and social services for Haringey who died suddenly in 1997. He was passionate about tackling homelessness and co-chaired the London homelessness working party.
The judges are Chris Holmes, director of Shelter, George Meehan, leader of Haringey and chair of the London Housing Unit Committee, and Chris Wood, director of housing in Newham.
Cllr Meehan said: 'Homelessness grabs the headlines but the work of staff supporting homeless people or trying to prevent homelessness seldom does. The Andy Ludlow award is a chance to pay tribute to those unsung heroes. I urge anyone involved in a scheme, who thinks it doesn't get the praise it deserves, to nominate it.'
Chris Holmes said: 'I knew Andy for a number of years and worked closely with him, particularly when I was director of housing in Camden. Reducing homelessness was a personal commitment as well as a professional responsibility for Andy. All of us wanted to take this award forward in memory of Andy's work.'
Last year's winner was Safe in the City, a six year project dedicated to reducing youth homelessness by identifying what causes young people to end up on the streets and the best ways of helping them to remain safely and successfully at home.
SiTC director, Julie Fawcett, said: 'Winning the Andy Ludlow award has helped safe in the city raise the profile and understanding of work to prevent homelessness through early intervention.
'We still have a long way to go but without the award we would never have achieved what we have in such a short time.'
Runners-up were Finsbury Park Homeless Families' outreach play project, providing play sessions and support at reception centres, and Newham Housing Advice Centre's work with young homeless clients and private landlords.
- For an entry form, visit the LHU website: www.lhu.org.uk or phone 020 7428 4922.
- Closing date for entries is 27 April 2001.
London Housing Unit is part of the Association of London Government, created in April 2000.It combines the existing ALG, London Borough Grants, Greater London Employers' Association, London Housing Unit and Transport and Environment Committee. The new ALG repressents London's 33 councils.
The London Housing Unit Committee, a sectoral committee of the new association, is responsible to its 19 member councils on housing matters.
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