The Passage turns 40
Transforming homeless lives for 40 years
Over the past 40 years, we have worked in partnership with many other agencies to help thousands of people off the streets into safe and secure accommodation and employment.
We now run the largest Resource Centre in the UK as well as three innovative accommodation projects, homelessness prevention services, street outreach and an award-winning Modern Slavery project.
We marked our 40 year anniversary in October 2020. Never have our services been more needed by people experiencing homelessness or housing crisis. With the country now officially in recession and certain emergency measures coming to end, including the government’s furlough scheme and the ban on evictions, our work and supporters have never been more important.
- October 1980
In 1980, at the suggestion of Cardinal Hume, the Daughters of Charity opened a day centre – now the Resource Centre – with a single paid employee and a handful of volunteers.
- September 1990
The Princess of Wales visits The Passage with her sons, William and Harry
Montfort House, is opened to residents with additional support needs (16 beds with 24/7 support on site)
- March 2000
Passage House opens its’ doors as a rapid-response facility, providing high-quality support to new rough sleepers.
- November 2000
The Passage’s first ever Night under the Stars concert, raises over £60,000.
New medical rooms are opened, enabling high quality provision of care from health team.
- December 2016
Our Resource Centre opens after a complete refurbishment, now offering more space for clients, more rooms for assessments and a a bigger kitchen adjoined to a serving area.
- July 2018
Newman Street opens, 81 residential spaces providing temporary accommodation for people who have applied to their local authority for a solution to end their homelessness.
- October 2020
The Passage commemorates 40 years of supporting homeless people to transform their lives, during the global pandemic, continuing to support hundreds more during a critical time for those in crisis.