New Hope exists to serve individuals who are homeless or vulnerably-housed through the provision of accommodation and opportunities to transform lives.

Who is New Hope?

New Hope is one of the largest providers of homelessness services in the Home Counties, giving a safe place for over 60 people every night and supporting hundreds more every year.
New Hope (previously known as Watford New Hope Trust) was founded in 1990 by two self-styled ‘ordinary house-wives’, Janet Hosier and Sheila Meaning, who saw the many people sleeping rough around St Mary’s Church in the centre of Watford and felt moved to act.
Although the charity has grown, their heart has not changed. They are still very much a local charity dependent on the community for volunteers and financial support.

Who they work with and where:

New Hope has been working with people who are homeless in Watford for almost 30 years. The charity helps over 500 people a year through a variety of accommodation, support and development services, including; street outreach, crisis accommodation, training opportunities and longer-term accommodation. They walk alongside people every step of the way from homelessness to independent living whilst helping to provide them with dignity, respect and a fresh start.

Their Mission:

Their mission is encapsulated in their strapline: ‘preventing homelessness, transforming lives’.

“NL Property are currently working with us on an exciting new project called 'The Hub' – an ambitious scheme to build a new ‘one-stop shop’ centre for people who are homeless in Watford. We are appreciative of their wisdom, expertise and enthusiasm, as together we seek to develop this new service”.
Matthew Heasman, CEO of New Hope