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Nominations open for Andy Ludlow homelessness awards

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Published by Brian Church for 24housing in Housing and also in Local Government

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Nominations have opened for the prestigious Andy Ludlow Awards, with a first prize of £30,000 for innovative and effective ideas that make a positive difference for homeless people. There are also prizes of £15,000 and £10,000.

The awards are funded by the London Housing Foundation, Shelter and all of the London boroughs. London Councils runs the awards on their behalf. Housing directors at London’s local authorities established the awards in 1999 in memory of Andy Ludlow, a compassionate and popular former director of housing and social services in the London Borough of Haringey, who died at age 51.

Entries by noon on Thursday 15th May. See www.andyludlowawards.org.uk

Last year’s winners were Spires Street Link. Lucy Barrett of Spires said: "£30,000 is a huge amount of money for an organisation like ours. We have been able to buy a brand new van to support our street work with women, and fund some other new initiatives that previously were beyond us. More than that, winning the award gave us all a real boost!"

London Council’s executive member for housing, Mayor Sir Steve Bullock, said: "The Andy Ludlow Awards have greatly encouraged ingenuity and pace in London's housing sector, rewarding achievement and promoting innovation. The awards highlight the human face of London's housing crisis, while celebrating the individuals who work so hard to help others across London."

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