Provision for homeless in Harlow over Christmas and New Year

Thursday, 20 December, 2018

Christmas Haven – open from 12pm on 23 December 2018 to 12pm on 1 January 2019 

Local charity, The Chocolate Run, provide the Harlow Christmas Haven at Great Parndon Community Centre on Abercrombie Way.

The Haven provides accommodation, food, clothing and good company for the homeless and vulnerably housed over the Christmas period.

There is no referral needed to use the Haven.


From 1 January 2019 to 28 February 2019 local charity Hope4Harlow will be running a night shelter every night. 

They are working with seven churches, who each commit to providing shelter for one day of the week. 

The churches providing the shelter are:

  • Potter Street Baptist Church (Sunday)
  • St James Church (Monday)
  • St Andrew’s Church, The Stow (Tuesday)
  • St Stephen’s Church (Wednesday)
  • St Mary Magdalene (Thursday)
  • St Mary-at-Latton Church (Friday)
  • Churchgate Street (Saturday)

Referrals for the shelter are made by Street2Homes. More information on Hope4Harlow can be found at

If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in Harlow, you can use to connect them to local help and services

If you become homeless between Christmas and the New Year and you have nowhere you can stay, please contact the Council on 01279 446666

More information on housing options and advice can be found on Harlow Council’s website at